A 19-year-old white woman was brutally beaten by a pack of black teen girls over her hairstyle in Boston’s Downtown Crossing Monday night.
According to witnesses, as many as 20 teens surrounded the white woman, punched her and kicked her and pulled her hair because she had braids.
The teens called the victim “white bitch with braids” and said she’s not allowed to wear her hair in braids because she’s “not black.”
The teens also attacked two good Samaritans who intervened and assaulted responding officers.
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Five of the teens were charged with beating the woman.
“As for whether the attack is being probed as a racially motivated crime, police said the department’s Civil Rights Unit has been notified.” Boston 25 News reported.
Boston 25 News reported:
Five young teenage girls are facing charges in the brutal beating of a young woman in Downtown Crossing.
According to a police report, the juveniles pounced on the victim after making a comment about her hairstyle. The attackers reportedly called the victim “white [expletive] with braids” and told her she could not wear her hair in the style because she was “not Black.”
Witnesses told investigators that as many as 20 teens, some as young as 12 years old, swarmed the victim, who is 19 years old.
The juveniles are charged with pulling her hair, punching her and kicking her repeatedly near Washington and Winter Streets just before 7 p.m. Monday night.
“There were at least 15 girls chasing after the woman on the bike, and they started pounding on her,” said witness Christopher Jackson. “They got her down on the ground, and they were holding her down.”
Jackson, who works at a nearby flower stand, described the attack as unprovoked and brutal.
“Her face was all red and scratched. She got up, and she looked like she didn’t know where she was,” recalled Jackson.
Jackson told Boston 25 News that the teens also attacked two witnesses who intervened. Police allege the girls also assaulted responding officers and hurled “racially motivated insults” at them.