A woman who claimed to be the mother captured in a viral video fighting another shopper at an Indiana Walmart said Tuesday that the incident was ignited by a racist comment the other woman allegedly made toward a store employee.
An individual who identified herself as "Amber" called into the "Smiley Morning Show" on WZPL claiming to be one of the woman seen in the brawl. She said that the entire incident started after the shopper in a motorized chair used the n-word.
“(The woman) was sitting there yelling at an employee at Walmart, and she was telling her that she was a n***** and that she was going to get out of the chair and whoop her a**,” Amber told WZPL.
“She used the ‘n-word?'” the host asked, seemingly taken back.
“Yes, she used the ‘n-word,'” the woman replied. “So in my defense, I was standing up for the employee.”
Amber also defended her son's role in the fight.
[sharequote align="right"]“My son is raised perfectly right. My son is perfectly well taken care of."[/sharequote]
“My son takes martial arts classes. He’s been going to the gym for several years with his father. I mean, he’s been in the gym for a long time,” she said. “He got a little crazy. I don’t have to worry about him ever being bullied.”
“My son is raised perfectly right. My son is perfectly well taken care of," she added.
The woman also claimed that the police officers who responded to the fight laughed when they saw the video.
“The guy with the video was showing the video to the cops and they were all standing around laughing about it,” she said.
Since it was posted days ago, the footage of the brawl has been viewed millions of times. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
“Unfortunately the video in and off itself speaks volumes. We are currently investigating the incident and we will consult with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office as to what if any charges may be filed on the individuals involved," the Beech Grove Police Department told WIXN-TV.
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