Police have determined assault charges should be filed against multiple men who beat up two black women and dragged them by the hair at a gas station.
Video went viral after two Arab men attacked two black women after am argument in Pittsburgh Philadelphia.
Police say a verbal confrontation occurred over spilled gas. The woman says the nozzle was stuck from the last person who used it, and it was spilling as she picked it up. She told them she wasn’t going to pay for that. The women asked the owners for a refund and were denied one.
Here’s the video:
After the assault, dozens and dozens of black people shut down the gas station by protesting and boycotting the establishment:
A few dozen people are protesting a gas station at the corner of Marshall Avenue and Brighton Road in Marshall-Shadeland after a fight yesterday between gas station employees and customers. pic.twitter.com/BxU7XfDlTv
— Chris Hoffman (@NewsmanChris) September 21, 2019
Police called the video “Disturbing”, determined the men be arrested and recommended they be charged for ” assault. They said if the DA upgrades it to aggravated assault they’ll amend the paperwork. No names have been released yet.
One of the employees dragged a black woman across the pavement by her hair in the video.
Police say they checked the surveillance camera inside the gas station, and as a result of their investigation recommended the men be charged.
About 3 police cruisers stayed close to protestors to ensure their safety, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Sgt. Tiffany Costa said.
The women, who did not want to be identified, told KDKA’s Chris Hoffman:
“It was just me and my sister against all those grown men. There’s no way that you should be able to put your hands on females like this and still be able to run a business. Especially in our community where I grew up.”
One of the victims continued:
“Calling me ‘animal.’ Saying, ‘if you want to act like an animal, I’m going to treat you like an animal,’ as they were pulling my hair trying to pull me out of the store.”
ExxonMobile released a statement saying:
ExxonMobil does not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment by any company representative.
ExxonMobil’s global policies promote diversity and inclusion and prohibit any form of discrimination or harassment in any company workplace, anywhere around the world.
ExxonMobil does not own or operate any retail fuels stations in the United States, but we are aware of the situation and take these matters very seriously.
Exxon and Mobil stations are supplied by authorized independent branded wholesalers who either operate the stations directly or have a contractual relationship with an independent owner/operator.
The community’s reaction to the news was immediate. They took the gas station by 6am the next day, blocked the business. They provided the water music, and food for those who gathered.
Passersby and residents were so moved, that they also grabbed the microphone and got other passersby to join in.