Woman in Torrance Park Racist Rant Video Caught Again in Verbal Attack on Asian Man

A woman who delivered a racist rant this week against an Asian woman exercising at a park in Torrance, California, has been accused of similar attacks on at least two other occasions, including an incident reported last year to the Torrance Police Department (TPD). A petition has been started following the latest incident urging police to press charges against the woman.

This week the woman was seen launching a racist tirade against an Asian man, shouting "This is from my government...go home...I don't understand you Chinaman" in a mock Asian accent, among other comments, at a parking lot. The incident was captured in a video shared Thursday on Twitter by @brendonmcnerney, a friend of the man.

"Our friend and attorney just sent us this video of a very racist and extremely disturbed old lady going off on him while his kids are in the car," wrote @brendonmcnerney. The video has had at least 2.7 million views, as of Friday.

The woman approached the man as he filmed the encounter and said: "You know what? I am not a racist person. But you know? You need to go home."

The man can be heard replying: "I am from [the U.S.]," after which the woman said, "Go home...do you know how many people can't stand you being here? You play games. We don't play games. I play games where you get [expletive] to death."

The man filmed her car license plate and after she opened the door of her car, the woman said in a mock Asian accent: "You understand me, Chinaman?"

When the man replied: "Respect people, lady," she imitated him using the mock Asian accent saying: "Respect. I don't understand your language, Chinaman. Respect? Then you move your car. You're way too close. Get away from me."

"Do you know why my family is? Do you know who your family is? Go home to your family. This is from my government. Go home. You are getting [expletive]. You are so [expletive]. This is from my country and this is from my government. Go home. Put that on your Facebook," she continued.

"You know what? You are nothing," she later added.

The latest incident has seen others come forward on Twitter who reportedly had similar racist encounters with the woman in Torrance, including Kayceelyn Salminao, a Torrance resident.

Our friend and attorney just sent us this video of a very racist and extremely disturbed old lady going off on him while his kids are in the car.... pic.twitter.com/DvkE7oKL5s

— brendon mcnerney (@brendonmcnerney) June 11, 2020

Salminao said: "I filed a police report on this same lady back in October 2019 due to a physical attack ON ME. Nothing came of it. What are you going to do about it NOW? @TorrancePD," in a post on her Twitter account sharing photos of what appeared to be the same woman.

Upon seeing the video of the woman "I jumped and screamed and told my husband this is the lady that attacked me back in October," Salminao told CBS Los Angeles.

Salminao was at the Del Almo Fashion Center mall in October when she heard the woman berating and cursing at a janitor in the bathroom. Salminao told the woman to stop, after which she was physically attacked by the woman.

Salminao told CBS Los Angeles: "She comes out and physically shoves me to the ground and I literally fall to the ground. She points at me and says 'You better not get up or else.'"

"As she grabs my hair, she pushes my head down and she's starting to me on the back of my head. She's saying all those really mean words, just like [in] the video," she said.

OH WAIT A MOMENT.
It didn't click until I saw your photos, but this woman had it out for me too! I think a year or two back? I was a guest at an anime convention in Torrance and this lady told me to go back to my country and all that junk!.. Huh.

— Darrel J Delfin ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 (@DarrelJDelfin) June 11, 2020

Salminao's husband then came into the bathroom and got the woman off of his wife. The pictures shared by Salminao on Twitter were taken of the woman just outside the bathroom following the encounter.

"I remember as she was walking down the hallway she said 'You guys are all gonna get it. You guys are all gonna [expletive] get it,'" Salminao recalled.

Salminao never heard back from the police at the time she reported the incident to the TPD last year. The TPD has spoken to Salminao about her case this Thursday, CBS Los Angeles reports.

"I'm angry now. Where's the justice in this? She physically attacked me. She verbally attacked someone else. Who else has she done this to?" Salminao said.

Another user on Twitter, @DarrelJDelfin, also recognized the woman in question and noted: "OH WAIT A MOMENT. It didn't click until I saw your [Salminao's photos, but this woman had it out for me too! I think a year or two back? I was a guest at an anime convention in Torrance and this lady told me to go back to my country and all that junk!," on a post on Twitter.

The user added: "I should clarify. This happened just before the convention started. I was out getting breakfast at a McDonald's. If this was at the convention itself, I would've shut that down and alerted staff. Needless to say, it was a great start to my morning."

Members of the public have launched a petition on Change.org calling for the woman to be charged.

Torrance PD: Stop racist harassment in public, and charge abuser with jail time - Sign the Petition! https://t.co/7KUFfstE7t via @Change

— Kayceelyn Salminao (@kayceelyn_a) June 12, 2020

"The public demands charges against a woman who had been video taped and seen in public on three different occasions harassing people with racist slurs and inflicting fear in the community and United States. Name of abuser to be updated when confirmed," the petition said.

"We are asking the Torrance Police to charge this woman for disorderly conduct, harassment, and a hate crime. We ask charges to be executed for the maximum punishments. Including but not limited to:

"Disorderly conduct in California: We wish the following charges, 'Fighting, noise, and offensive words are all misdemeanors. Penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, up to six months in jail, or both.

"Hate crime in California: We wish the court to order the defendant to pay each victim $25,000 or more for violating the victims civil rights," noted the petition, which has been signed by nearly 3,000 people, as of Friday.

Members of the group South Bay Social, which is organizing a workout session Friday at the Torrance park where the ranting woman was spotted, said in a post on its Instagram account: "We are joining forces to show support for our South Bay neighbor who was verbally harassed with racial comments while working out in Wilson Park."

The group asked people to wear black, referencing the black attire worn by the Asian woman in the racist rant video.

Congressman Ted Lieu, who represents the Torrance region, noted: "This woman went on an anti-Asian tirade in Torrance, CA [California]. You know what's sort of cool? The good and decent people of Torrance repeatedly elected an Asian American to City Council, then State Assembly, then State Senate, then Congress. That would be me," in a post on his official Twitter account.

Newsweek has contacted the TPD and the office of Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey for comment.

This woman went on an anti-Asian tirade in Torrance, CA. You know what’s sort of cool? The good and decent people of Torrance repeatedly elected an Asian American to City Council, then State Assembly, then State Senate, then Congress. That would be me.https://t.co/iWjtp8HnHs

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 12, 2020

Last month, the New York City Commission on Human Rights announced it will be launching an investigation on behalf of the city into Amy Cooper, a white woman who called the cops on a black man at Central Park when he asked her to put her dog on a leash.

The incident was recorded by the man, Christian Cooper, after he asked Amy to leash her dog in accordance with Central Park regulations. In the video, Amy can be heard saying: "I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life."

The latest incident comes amid ongoing protests worldwide following the killing of George Floyd, who died shortly after being pinned to the ground with a knee to his neck during an arrest made by the Minneapolis Police Department.

George Floyd protests, Glendale, California, June 2020
Protesters march at the Glendale Community March and Vigil for Black Lives Matter on June 07, 2020 in Glendale, California. Getty Images