A Target store security guard was seen punching a female customer on CCTV footage.
Authorities later determined that the female customer was the aggressor and she was sentenced to a day in jail and fined $110 for disorderly conduct.
Shocking CCTV footage captured the moment of Zach Cotter, 28, a supermarket security guard, hitting Karen Ivery, 37, in Ohio, US, on 22 October last year.
The incident happened after Ms Ivery demanded that her £800 grocery shop be paid for in “reparations for slavery” and grew “aggressive” with a manager.
The manager claimed a cashier called her over when Ms Ivery asked for her grocery bill of over $1,000 (£800) by covered by reparations, in a statement to the police.
Reparations for slavery are payments made to victims of slavery or their descendants and have been a growing topic of political significance in recent years, with them being the topic of debates in a number of cities and states across the US.
Video footage showed the moment the manager explained that she would have to call in the morning if she wanted a donation – but Ivery became more frustrated by the response.
The 37-year-old was seen squaring up to the manager and forcing her backwards before security staff were forced to intervene.
However, she continued the dispute with Zach Cotter and backed him up into the office where he hit her, supposedly in self-defence, and called the authorities.
The security guard told officers after the incident that she “charged” at him and she was later arrested for Menacing and Disorderly Conduct.
A police report said: “Ivery was very argumentative and confrontational about the whole incident.
She was confrontational with officers on scene and didn’t want to explain her actions that evening.”
In a bodycam video of the purported incident, which has been shared to YouTube, Ivery told an officer she wanted the cashier to contact the manager “so we could have a larger conversation about how money works, and how the provision works, and how it’s been working in our community in a very wrong way.”
“This is my Rosa Parks moment,” Ivery added.
Authorities determined that Ivery was the aggressor in the incident and sentenced her to a day in jail and charged $110 for disorderly conduct.
(Source: Daily Star)