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Neighbor 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 Glouerwynette’s 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 among them.

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

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