The Cloverdale Rodeo protester who filmed another woman in the throes of a racist rant before she was allegedly beaten up and then posted it on YouTube has done this sort of thing before.
A video posted on YouTube by user shukielara1 capturing Saturday's rant went viral on the internet, leading to a Surrey RCMP investigation, front-page newspaper stories and substantial television news coverage.
Media reports highlighted the racist aspect of the confrontation, but did not mention her previous posting.
Shukria, a young Surrey mom, was protesting against the rodeo, carrying a sign that read "Rodeo...When coward boys have fun," on Saturday afternoon when she got into a confrontation with a woman who hurled racially-charged verbal abuse at her before allegedly assaulting her. On the short video, Shukria can be heard goading the other woman with comments like "Come here, hit me..."
The video has been viewed 120,000 times in just a couple of days and can be viewed here:
Under the video, shukielara1 posted this message, asking viewers to help identify her alleged attacker for police:
"Cloverdale rodeo may 18/13 I was protesting the rodeo and this lady came attacked me verbally and physically, spat on me, punched me, kicked me..."
On July 11, 2012, shukielara1 posted a video of a run-in she had with another woman while walking her dog in Mud Bay Park. That video was removed from YouTube immediately after the Now interviewed Shukria by phone Wednesday morning, but not before we saved it. It can be viewed here:
That particular video carried this message: "I was walking my dogs at Mudbay park when I came across this couple walking their own dog. They started yelling at me for letting my dogs off leash. I started to walk away when they followed my yelling that he was a cop and he would arrest me showing me his batch (sic). I kept walking when his wife came after me trying to hit me. I took my phone and video taping them. He got scared because he was being recorded started to walk away but his wife wanted to fight me and beat me up. This is how they use their power as a cop. He wanted to arrest me for not having my dog on a leash but when his wife attacks me verbally and wanting to hit me all of a sudden he wants to look away."
In the Mud Bay video, which had a couple hundred views, shukielara1 can be heard saying, "This is going on YouTube."
"So you're going to fight me? You're going to beat me up?" she says to the other woman. "You want to harass me?"
The Mud Bay woman and the rodeo woman look remarkably alike, but Shukria told the Now they are different people.
She said her niece was with her Saturday when she was allegedly attacked, as was the suspect's son. She said three people beat her.
"I got kicked in the head and punched," she said. She added she has since been to see a doctor.
"It's 2013, and there's still racism out there. It's Canada and we're still dealing with this. It's upsetting."
Shukria said she turned her camera on roughly two minutes into the confrontation at the rodeo.
"I know I basically egged her on," she said of her alleged attacker. "I shouldn't have done that."
Still, she added, "She should be accountable for what she did. I hope she gets in trouble."
She said she got the idea of filming people during confrontations from the internet, where she saw a videotape that captured a police officer hitting someone.
"I think it's a good idea," she said of the practice. "At the same time, you should walk away."
Meantime, Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet confirmed that police have identified the alleged attacker in the rodeo video but by press time investigators still hadn't spoken with her yet. Asked if she'll be facing charges, Paquet said it's "too early to say."
Asked what injuries the alleged victim sustained, Paquet replied that "none that were on the report" but added that the victim sought medical attention for a "sore" head and neck pain.
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