Police arrested a woman after she reportedly assaulted a pregnant U.S. soldier and verbally harassed a second female soldier while at a restaurant in Macon, Georgia.
What are the details?
In a video that's gone viral, 72-year-old Judy Tucker can be seen squaring off with two female soldiers inside a Cheddar's restaurant on Saturday night.
LaKeycia Ward, an onlooker who posted the video on YouTube, said that the woman and her family became angry over an altercation concerning a handicapped parking spot.
Ward shared the video on YouTube, describing the incident, "This Gentleman & his mom was hostile about the two soldiers not waiting for them to reverse back into there handicap parking spot for her handicapped husband instead they went around and proceeded to park in there [sic] own separate parking spot."
According to Ward and other witnesses, Tucker and her son and daughter — who were reportedly irate over the parking space issue — followed the female soldiers into the restaurant.
Tucker's son reportedly began calling the soldiers "gay black bitches" and asking if the U.S. military allowed homosexuals to serve.
In the video, Tucker then became enraged when one of the soldiers pulled out her phone to begin filming the encounter.
"Put that phone down!" Tucker can be heard shouting on the recording. "You do not have the right to take a picture of me!"
She and her son both attempted to wrest the cellphone away from the soldier.
Who were the soldiers?
According to a police report obtained by The Daily Dot, the two soldiers were identified as Stephanie Mitchell and Treasure Sharpe.
During the recording, Tucker became increasingly angry and began swinging when the soldier would not put away her cellphone.
"Tucker came back at the women with 'rage and force,' and began 'swinging at [Sharpe] striking her in the face,'" a portion of the arrest report stated.
"First of all, look at me!" the woman identified as Sharpe protested. "I'm pregnant! Look at me! You're pushing a pregnant lady!"
The restaurant's management wound up kicking Tucker and her son out of the restaurant, and the video picked up in the parking lot when police arrived.
Tucker can be seen crying as officers handcuffed and arrested her.
According to The Daily Dot, police arrested Tucker on battery charges and booked her into Bibb County Jail. She was later released after posting bail.
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The video, shared on YouTube, has been viewed over 300,000 times since Ward posted it on Monday.
In the video's caption, Ward wrote, "This Gentleman & his mom was hostile about the two soldiers not waiting for them to reverse back into there handicap parking spot for her handicapped husband instead they went around and proceeded to park in there own separate parking spot. So he then followed them inside the restaurant being verbally abusive calling them black lesbians shouting 'the military lets lesbians serve?' So at that point i start recording & heres the VIDEO."
Ward also shared the video on Facebook, where it's been viewed over two million times.
United States Army Reserve Command's media relations deputy chief Capt. Chad Nixon told The Daily Dot that Mitchell and Sharpe are both captains in the reserve. Mitchell has served since 2001, and Sharpe has served since 2008.
"We are aware of an incident that occurred over the weekend involving two of our Soldiers in Macon, GA," the statement read. "Army Reserve Soldiers, families and civilians are our most valuable resource. Health, welfare, and safety is always at the forefront of our minds with all we do. This incident is the subject of an ongoing police investigation and it is improper for us to comment on the outcome. We will continue to review the information related to this case as it becomes available."
The restaurant told WMAZ-TV that they were "appalled" by Tucker and her family's actions.
"We were appalled by the behavior of the individuals who confronted the two female service members," the statement read. "Such behavior flies in the face of our values and those individuals are no longer welcome in our restaurant."
Update: this post has been edited for clarity