At one point, Shuffield pulls out what appears to be a gun and holds it behind his back.
After more words are exchanged, he smacks the woman’s cell phone out of her hand as she was dialing 911. Shuffield responds by reaching back, taking a boxer’s stance and punching her squarely in the jaw.
The video shows Shuffield then hitting her violently four more times in the face and head.
When there is not a burning cross left on the lawn or a swastika scrawled on the garage, prosecutors usually run up against the challenge of parsing an assailant’s motivations.
Many don’t want to risk an otherwise solid case by throwing in racial considerations.
She said she pulled into a parking lot near Elm and Crowdus Streets when she blocked Shuffield in as he was trying to leave.
That’s when Shuffield, 30, got out of his truck to ask her to move out of his way because she was blocking the parking lot exit.
Owner of the High and Tight Barbershop and Speakeasy, Braxton Martin said Shuffield worked there as a bartender but was fired Thursday afternoon.
“From the video itself it shows an aggravated assault to our eyes.
That is something needs to be dealt with quickly and swiftly and that’s what we’re trying to do and make sure it’s handled properly,” said Martin.
Above: Jason Gardner (center) is seen with his mother, La'Kysha Gardner (left) and brother, Amari. Eventually a white teenager was charged with assault, and he now awaits trial in a case that has exposed the racism many locals have tried to ignore.
Three days before the Gardners were set to speak at an Oct.
21 rally in support of hate crime legislation, Jason’s mother received a Facebook message from an acquaintance who had heard from members of the suspect’s family:“You might want to make sure you have a police presence on Saturday.” In August, after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent and resulted in a woman’s death, state legislators in Indiana proposed a hate crime bill.
But these charges are less about prison time than about recognizing the existence of bias-fueled violence.