Beats Up Woman and Accuses Victim of Wrongdoing
From Sing Daily
July 18, 2002.
In Flushing, a Chinese woman who failed to hold the elevator for
two neighbors was beaten up with a pair of roller skates. After
the incident, the aggressor went so far as to file a false police
report alleging that she acted in self-defense, accusing her victim
of attempted robbery.
The 48-year-old Chinese woman and her 27-year-old daughter were
returning to their fifth floor co-op apartment at 44 Kouden Street
around 10:30 p.m. on August 14th when the attack occurred. Their
failure to hold the elevator doors for two black women, neighbors
who lived on the third floor, provoked the violence.
One of the alleged assailants, 35-year-old Ms.Glouerwynette, picked
up her roller skates and gave the older woman a tremendous blow
to the face. She bled profusely, prompting her daughter to call
the police and take her to the hospital. The offenders returned
to their apartment and refused to open up to the officers who arrived.
Afterwards, the unscrupulous women visited the 109th police precinct
to file a complaint. They claimed that the older Chinese woman tried
to rob them on the elevator, and urged the police to arrest the
injured woman; Glouerwynette had acted in self-defense. When the
police finally came to a thorough understanding of what had happened,
they rejected Glouerwynettes statements and brought a charge
of second degree assault against her.
This incident barely scratches the surface of all the cases where
members of the Chinese community are taken advantage of, and neglecting
to inform the authorities, are falsely informed upon themselves.
This mentality of "Chinese as chumps" is common in other
ethnic communities, and has become something of a standing joke
Knowledgeable sources reported that the arrested party was well
aware of how disinclined the Chinese usually are to report misdeeds
done against them, and decided to use that fact to preserve herself.
This reporter urges all Chinese to be aware of their predicaments
and to resist becoming sacrificial lambs from now on.
Translated From Chinese by Kelvin Wu