A white woman was body slammed in a Popeyes parking lot after she allegedly threw a racial epithet at employees.
The incident took place at a Popeyes restaurant in Columbia, Tennessee. According to witnesses, the woman was attempting to dispute a charge on her bill, leading to a heated argument. Several workers asked her to leave the establishment, but before she left, the woman reportedly called the employees “n****rs.” She was then followed to the parking lot by several employees, including a man who picked her up and threw her down on the pavement.
The exchange and the altercation was caught on video. In the footage, a man off-camera can be heard saying, “You in the wrong place saying the n-word.”
Per the police, the alleged attacker is a 29-year-old man named Deriance Hughes. Hughes is currently facing aggravated assault charges. The woman’s attorney told the local ABC-affiliate that his client’s words don’t justify Hughes’ response. He claims that the attack caused the woman to suffer nine fractures, including a broken knee and six broken ribs.
“If she said something that she regrets, it doesn’t give a grown man the right to chase her into the parking lot as she is trying to leave the store, and body slam a 55-year-old grandmother down on the concrete,” her attorney said.