Spanish-speaking mother and daughter are afraid to speak their native language for fear of being attacked by Americans in Boston
The woman who called herself Ms. Vasquez told the troubling details of the attack on her and her 15-year-old daughter because the attackers seemed to be taunted in Spanish.
According to police reports, two weeks ago, Vasquez and her daughter were walking near the East Boston train station, when two women suddenly ran up to them and shouted for the women to speak English and attack them.
"As they beat us, they yelled 'This is America, speak English!'" told Vasquez about the February 15th attack.
The investigation found that the attackers were two 25-year-old girls, Jenny Leigh Ennamorati and Stephanie Armstrong. They were charged with two counts of violation rights with body injury and two counts of assault and battery charges. The district attorney also wants to reclassify the case as a hate crime.
"There is no place for hatred or bigotry in Suffolk County. The sense of entitlement and privilege these defendants must have felt to utter these hateful and racist words, and then to physically attack a mother and her child for laughing and speaking Spanish is outrageous and reprehensible," Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said in a statement.
According to police reports, the mother and daughter talked loudly and laughed during a walk and this provoked English-speaking girls to attack them. The end of the conflict was captured on video surveillance cameras.
"We were attacked, punched, kicked, and bitten. I'm having nightmares. I'm afraid to take the train to work, and my family is afraid to speak Spanish in public. My daughter is still wearing a neck brace and she's having trouble sleeping. We are all very shaken," Vasquez said in a statement through her attorneys.
Ennamorati and Armstrong declined to comment on the incident. The next hearing is scheduled for March 9th.