Saxophone player attacked in the street by three black women ‘who said a white girl shouldn’t play an old jazz song’
PUBLISHED: 07:18 EST, 4 July 2013 |
A saxophone player has claimed that she was assaulted as she played a jazz song in the street by three African American women who said a white girl shouldn’t play that sort of music.
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They added that a white girl could not play the song, she said.
After she was hit, she said she was ‘instantly upset’ and broke down in tears.
‘As they walked away, they were saying” white saxophone playing B word”,’ said Struve. ‘I was upset and crying instantly because I knew that when she hit me, she hit me with only racial hate.’
A group of street vendors nearby saw the commotion and ran over to help her. They called 911.
Two women, aged 14 and 24, were cited for disorderly conduct. A 41-year-old woman was cited for assault and battery and disorderly conduct.
But Struve said the crime was racially motivated and should be treated as a hate crime.
After the attack, she went to the emergency room and had a CT scan, but she does not have health insurance so told WITI she plans on suing the women to help cover the costs.