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New York woman charged after calling ‘lazy ghetto nigger’ driver a ‘lazy nigger’

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Daughter was speaking to ‘black guy’ who dragged her father behind his car before he was allegedly beaten by man who made reference to her mother’s 1991 murder

A woman has been fired after calling a driver she saw drag her father behind his car a “lazy ghetto nigger”.

Elizabeth Thomas, 35, was allegedly beaten by the man who was sitting next to her father, Danny Thomas, 35, when she stopped her vehicle and asked him about the dragging.

Police in Buffalo, New York, confirmed the identity of the man they say attacked Danny Thomas and his daughter.

Police have identified the man as Ronald Book Jr, 37, who was arrested on Friday and charged with second-degree assault, second-degree harassment and third-degree assault.

Book reportedly threatened to kill Thomas’s daughter, but police have not confirmed if the threats were made in response to the allegations.

According to Buffalo police, Book jumped out of his car, ran towards the Thomas family’s car and punched Danny Thomas in the face while his daughter watched in horror.

Book then allegedly snatched Thomas’s cellphone and battered him with it before using it to bang his head on the car windows.

Book then ran to the back of the car and pulled out a knife, according to police.

He allegedly continued to beat Thomas’s father as his daughter called 911 for help.

“Stay in your hood,” Book said as he began choking Thomas.

According to Buffalo police, Book punched Danny Thomas in the face, pushed his head against the car and kicked him in the head.

“Can I talk to your mother?” Book allegedly asked Danny Thomas before getting into the car and pulling over for Thomas’s daughter to run to.

Danny Thomas was taken to hospital but is now in stable condition. Book is being held in jail without bail.

Danny Thomas’s daughter, Elizabeth Thomas, 35, said she ‘made a mistake’

Elizabeth Thomas said she is “grieving” and that she “made a mistake”.

“I didn’t mean any of this,” she said. “I’m not that person.”

Thomas said the assault was an “indirect repercussion” for protesting about race relations in America, and said the incident is typical.

“This happens all the time in America. People will call someone a nigger. They’ll do things to them – to black people – and their family members and their friends,” she said.

She added: “I can’t even imagine [what my father] goes through. This is real life.”

Thomas went on to attack what she described as racism and bias in America, and said it was unfair for some to use a “desperate and impossible-to-self-justify” argument about the assault to excuse it.

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