Another day, another racist attack perpetuated by a white person, resulting in the arrest of the victim; a person of color.
In a stunning report out of Louisville, Kentucky, Kai Waters, an African American Army staff sergeant stationed at Fort Knox, was taken in to custody after defending herself from a racist assault.
The report comes from WAVE 3 News and states that Waters observed a person driving erratically on the night of February 22. Eventually the person pulled besides Waters and began honking her horn.
Once pulled over, the woman in the vehicle began yelling at Sgt. “She called me a black b—-, and said ‘your kind;’ I’m so tired of ‘your people’ and all this.” Next, the woman bumped Waters’ car, at which point she called 911 while pulling into a gas station parking lot where she hoped there’d be witnesses.
In surveillance video from the gas station (above), what happened next stunned the Army sergeant. Before Waters even opened her car door, the woman was already standing there and as soon as Waters exited her vehicle, the woman began punching Waters while she was still on the line with police.
WAVE 3 reported:
‘Waters said she grabbed a knife given to her as a military honor and jabbed the woman in the leg in self-defense.
After the woman was stabbed, she’s seen in the video continuing to go after Waters as the two appear to be going back and forth.’
The attacker may have taken cues from her local news and social media; last year and now rolling into this year, there has been a phenomenon of white people calling the police and playing the victim. The victim against black people who are doing absolutely nothing wrong.
Shockingly, this tactic has worked for so many. This proves immediate bias on the police’ side of things, where they automatically assume guilt.
Once police arrived to the gas station, the attacker, a white woman, began crying and it was then Waters who was arrested by Elizabethtown police. According to Waters, police wouldn’t even listen to her story.
‘I thought hopefully, someone is going to listen to me, they’re going to get my story.
But that never happened.’
Outraged, Waters attorney Jeremy Aldridge said that he “hopes” once a grand jury sees the gas station surveillance video they will “have a very difficult time indicting her based on the conduct that is provable by the video.”
Waters Army base, located at Fort Knox, is standing beside her even though she was temporarily let go from her post– A post that she relocated for, from New York. In a statement, they said:
‘SFC Waters is a professional and was chosen from our entire field to come to Fort Knox and represent our Corps after an intense vetting process.
She is a trusted leader and this turn of events is in total contradiction to her performance and character. I understand the police department has a job to do but now that the truth is seen by video that our Soldier was attacked, I hope there will be swift correction to this situation and her rights returned. I stand behind her and am anxious for justice.’
It is unclear what will become of Waters’ case. unfortunately the damage has been done. She told WAVE 3 “This whole situation has pretty much destroyed my whole career and my whole life.”
If you’d like to help Waters raise funds for the legal fees, you can click here to see a Facebook post she made, where she shares a link to a GoFundMe page.
Featured image via WAVE 3 News.