The 61-year-old Colorado woman who groped a TSA agent in Phoenix last week will not face felony charges, as the Maricopa County district attorney decided Tuesday to turn the case over to city prosecutors. Yukari Mihamae could still face misdemeanor charges for her July 14 actions at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where Police say she squeezed and twisted a female TSA agent's left breast. Miyamae's attorney Judd Golden told CBS Denver how the situation unfolded:
"Ms. Miyamae says she told TSA agents she wanted to be screened by the metal detector gate. She did so out of concern for excessive radiation exposure from the full-body scanners, as she is a frequent business traveler.
Her request was denied. She was soon surrounded by TSA agents. One TSA agent, a tall woman, approached Ms. Miyamae, who is only five feet tall.
Ms. Miyamae felt panicked and experienced a volatile aversion to the TSA personnel violating her personal physical space. She felt endangered and threatened based upon prior traumatizing security pat-downs, repugnance at the prospect of being touched again in such a violent and undignified manner, and instinctively pushed the female TSA agent away."
Mihamae is a self-employed writer and translator who told the New York Post that "I go through this every week, and every week there is some problem."
Supporters of Mihamae's actions have flooded social media, including an "Acquit Yukari Mihamae" Facebook page which has already attracted close to 4,000 fans. The Department of Homeland Security defended the arrest, saying "the agency will not tolerate assaults against its workforce."
Would you classify Mihamae's stunt as poetic justice or assault?