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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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SEATTLE -- In a video posted on Facebook, the narrator seems to grow angrier and angrier as she tails a woman in her car while railing against "Spanish privilege," criticizing the woman's driving as un-American and repeatedly saying that the woman and her family don't belong here.

"This is America. We don't drive like that here. We don't drive like you're in Mexico, lady," a female voice is heard saying on the video that is a critical piece of evidence in an unusual hate-crime case.

As the driver in front makes her way to Rainier Prep Academy near White Center, Wash., the voice on the video continues: "This is my freakin' neighborhood. This is where I grew up. I grew up here, not them. This woman don't deserve to belong here, she don't belong here. She don't (expletive) belong here."

King County prosecutors say the woman who recorded and posted the video is Sandra Jametski, 48, who lives less than a quarter-mile from the other driver, a woman named Dolores. Jametski was charged in early December with malicious harassment, a hate crime, for allegedly posting the racially charged tirade on Nov. 21.

Under Washington state law, the malicious harassment -- or hate crime -- statute provides protections for people attacked over race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or mental, physical or sensory handicap.

Prosecutors say Jametski filmed the 10-minute video with her smartphone as she followed Dolores on her usual 21/2-mile drive to her son's school.

In the school parking lot, Jametski angrily confronted Dolores, all the while recording the interaction on her cellphone, according to the charges.

On the video, Jametski blames one of Dolores' children for causing a car accident a year earlier, though police records show Jametski was at fault for the crash.

But the rant took an even darker turn when she allegedly threatened to ram Dolores' SUV, questioned her immigration status and made expletive-laced references to having her deported, charging papers say.

Dolores, 44, and her husband are originally from Mexico. The Seattle Times has agreed not to publish Dolores' last name to protect her family's privacy and because she is the alleged victim of a crime.

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