Facebook Live video leads to hate crime charges against Seattle-area woman

A screenshot of the Facebook live video that King County prosecutors say led to the hate crime charges against a Seattle area woman. The comments have been edited out of this image. (Screen shot via Facebook.)

A White Center woman has been charged with a hate crime after King County prosecutors say she posted a Facebook Live video of herself following and confronting a woman while making angry statements about the other woman’s Latina ethnicity.

Sandra Jametski has been held by King County Corrections on a malicious harassment charge since December in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to The Seattle Times, which first reported the news. The newspaper also interviewed the woman who Jametski is accused of following.

The video which was posted to Jametski’s Facebook page shows her in her car following the woman’s van to a school, while complaining about “Spanish privilege” and talking about running the woman off the road. On the video, Jametski blames the woman’s family on a 2015 car accident. According to the Seattle Times, the King County Sheriff’s Office’s report says the other woman was not at fault in Jametski’s crash.

“This is America. We don’t drive like that here,” Jametski says on the video. “We don’t drive like you’re in Mexico, lady. Yes, we know you’re Spanish.”

“They don’t even deserve to be in our (expletive) country,” Jametski says.

Later in the 10-minute video, Jametski yells at the woman in the parking lot of the school and uses a derogatory term about the woman’s ethnicity, while a bystander tries to get Jametski to leave.

The woman, whose family is from Mexico, told the Seattle Times that she did not call 9-1-1 immediately after the confrontation, because Jametski had left the scene. She changed her mind about calling authorities after seeing the video posted to Facebook Live, and noting that Jametski knew where her children attended school.

Mike Hogan of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office told KOMO News that the malicious harassment charge, which is Washington’s legal term for a hate crime, stemmed from the anti-Latino statements recorded on Jametski’s video.

Seattle Times: Facebook Live video spurs hate-crime charges against woman after ‘Spanish privilege’ rant

KOMO NewsWoman charged with hate crime after Facebook post

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