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Facebook Live video spurs hate crime charges against woman after 'Spanish privilege' rant

Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times on

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Hogan said victims in hate-crime investigations are never asked about their immigration status. In cases where victims reveal they are undocumented, he said his office can secure U-visas, which are nonimmigrant visas set aside for victims of crimes.

Under state law, malicious harassment is defined as intentionally injuring, damaging property or threatening someone because of his or her perception of the victim's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental, physical or sensory handicap.

Dolores said she considered calling police immediately after she was confronted in the parking lot of her son's school. Though rattled, she decided not to call 911 because the woman was gone by the time she'd collected her son.

Later that night, though, a friend sent Dolores a link to a Facebook page that appears to belong to Jametski.

"She knew our house, she knew our cars, she knew where my brother goes to school," said Dolores' daughter, Adriana, 21. "She seemed to have a personal vendetta against everyone in our family. We just felt really threatened and scared and just didn't feel safe."

"That's what made my husband afraid," Dolores continued. "She doesn't want to do something herself; she wants to involve other people who don't like Hispanics."

Adriana called 911.

Seated at their kitchen table, Dolores and Adriana explained the circumstances of Jametski's earlier car crash, though they didn't learn she was the driver in the accident until after they saw the video on Facebook.

Dolores' then-16-year-old daughter had just gotten her learner's permit and went for a drive on Nov. 25, 2015, with her mother in the seat beside her.

Shortly after leaving home, a car began tailgating them, Dolores said. As Dolores' daughter signaled to turn left, the driver of the other car tried to pass on the left, then lost control when the driver realized the vehicle ahead was turning.


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