White Woman Pulls Gun On Black Women In Chipotle Parking Lot Dispute

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What started as an argument about one woman bumping into another's daughter ended with a gun drawn and calls to police.

The Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News report that an escalating shouting match outside an Orion Township, Michigan restaurant was caught on video, portraying one party eventually drawing a handgun on the other.

  • A clip from the video has been widely shared on Twitter. A longer video is also available on YouTube.
  • Footage does not capture the initial encounter. According to Takelia Hill, who is black, a white woman bumped into her teenage daughter while they were entering a Chipotle. Upset, her daughter asked the woman for an apology, and the woman began to yell at her.
  • Hill’s daughter reportedly called her over because she was scared, and the exchange continued to escalate. Both the Hills and the woman they spoke with, as well as a man who joined her, who are both white, use expletives in the video.
  • In the video, the Hills call the woman “ignorant” and “racist.” The man says, “You cannot just walk around calling white people racist.”
  • Eventually, the woman gets into an SUV on the passenger side and the man gets in on the driver side. From there the woman says, “You cannot just walk around calling white people racist ... White people aren't racist ... I care about you and I’m sorry if you had an incident that has made someone make you feel like that. No one is racist.”
  • What happens next is not clearly captured by the video. The SUV can be seen backing up, and then Hill’s daughter, the videographer, turns and walks away. Suddenly, she turns back around; Hill shouts and a thumping sound is audible.
  • Hill explained to the News that while the SUV was backing up, she thought the car was going to hit her. The thumping sound was her hitting the back of the SUV to stop it.
  • At this point, the woman steps out of the vehicle again and draws a handgun. She shouts, “Back the [expletive] up!”
  • The Hills also resume shouting and call the police.
  • In the video, the woman eventually gets back into the vehicle. The SUV then drives away.
  • The Hills told the News that the exchange left them, and Hill’s other daughters who were elsewhere at the scene, traumatized.

According to the News, the woman was later arrested. The Washington Post reports that according to a Twitter user describing herself as a relative of the Hills, police arrested the unidentified woman, confiscated her firearms, and then released her.

The News reports that the Sheriff's Office said it planned to hold a press conference about the incident on July 2, but it did not announce a time.

On Facebook, Hill wrote,

So this is America....I’ve never in my life had a gun pulled out on me let alone two and while I had my three daughters I’ve never felt so helpless in my life I’m so shaken up

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