A Texas woman was indicted on Feb 1. on charges of felony mischief after being accused of smashing the car windows of an interracial couple looking at a developing house in her neighborhood.
On Dec. 10, 2017, Jason and Victoria Chapa, an interracial couple, were returning home from a night out in Marion when they stopped to take a look at a potential new home. Around 2:45 a.m., the couple began walking around the property when they heard the sound of glass shattering, according to a police report.
According to a police report, they ran back to their car and found 29-year-old Melissa Shelton using a concrete shard to smash their windshield and the back window, where their child’s car seat was positioned.
Their child was not in the vehicle.
According to the couple, Shelton began yelling racial slurs at the couple and called them “niggers” and “spics” who were too poor to move into her neighborhood.
Jason Chapa is of Mexican descent while Victoria Chapa is Black.
After the Chapas called 911, two Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to scene for a “disturbance involving a female who was breaking out the car windows of a 2008 Lincoln MXX,” read the police report.
Shelton and her companion—identified as Mason Mycue on the police report—told the deputies that they had just arrived home when the Chapas approached and accused them of vandalizing their car.
However, the Chapas said when Mycue realized the couple caught Shelton in the act, he offered to pay for the broken windows. He was not indicted on any charges related to the incident.
Attorney S. Lee Merritt, who has been at the forefront of several nationally recognized cased of racial discrimination, is representing the Chapas. On his Facebook page, Merritt called out the local police department for inappropriately handling the incident.
“The local police, of course, did nothing. The neighborhood housing association, the local realtors, all offered nothing but a silent endorsement of the attack,” attorney S. Lee Merritt, who represents the Chapas, wrote in a Facebook post following the incident. “This was not Black History Month. This is not black history. This didn’t happen 50 years ago. It happened a few weeks ago. This is America 2018.”
After weeks, the local police report was turned over to the Guadalupe County District Attorney’s Office, and a grand jury indicted Shelton shortly after.
Justin Moore, another attorney representing the family, shared photos of the incident and the indictment.
Although Melissa faces charges of felony mischief, many want her to also be charged with a hate crime.
(Photo: Steve Smith/Getty Images)
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