Hate crime investigation ongoing after white California couple racially confronts with Mexican woman and her black boyfriend
A possible hate crime is now under investigation of California police after a local white couple harassed a Mexican woman and her black boyfriend by tailing them in their pickup truck. The incident was filmed on camera and the footage shows the racist couple showing a Nazi salute and screaming “only white lives matter.”
25-year-old Itzel Lopez and her African-American boyfriend were on their way home from a Torrance restaurant where they were celebrating her birthday on Wednesday night. They realized that they were followed by the truck.
Lopez said the truck was following them for several miles until they chased them on the traffic light. The white couple got out of the car and began racially insulting them. Lopez filmed the incident on her phone.
The white woman yelled “White lives matter b***h” while the man from the other side of the car was waving his arm in Nazi salute.
Following the confrontation, the white couple got back in their truck but a moment later the woman returned and started filming Lopez on her cellphone. Lopez's boyfriend was already trying to drive away while a white man struck the car with something several times leaving a dent and scratches.
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The footage made by Lopez will help the authorities to investigate the incident as the license plate of the white couple’s car was captured on camera. The couple was quickly identified and they are Greg Cunningham and Rachelle Nicole Howell.
“We were just in shock. We didn’t know what was going. Why were they doing it? They don’t know us. They were being really mean and racist,’ Lopez told KTLA.”
“I was afraid. I didn’t know what they had in their car. I just wanted to get home. When he came out the car, he had something and was hitting the car,” Lopez said.
To date no arrests have been made.