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LA police investigating Black woman attacked by pro-Trump crowd as possible hate crime

LA police investigating Black woman attacked by pro-Trump crowd as possible hate crime
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The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is investigating an incident in which a Black woman was allegedly harassed by a group of pro-Trump demonstrators as a possible hate crime, according to The Washington Post.

Berlinda Nibo was reportedly attacked in downtown Los Angeles on her way to her home Wednesday by a group of President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE's supporters, according to the newspaper. 

Several of the protesters pushed Nibo, removed her wig from her head and pepper-sprayed her as she attempted to pass by, according to CBS Los Angeles station KCAL. 

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“They’re yelling at me because of my color, calling me the N-word, calling me the B-word, saying, ‘All lives matter. Black lives doesn’t matter,’ ” Nibo told the local news outlet. 

Following the reports and a viral post depicting the incident, LAPD on Friday released a statement announcing that they have launched an investigation to determine if it was a hate crime. 

“The LAPD is continuing to conduct a thorough investigation, and we encourage any witnesses or those with information on the suspect(s) to contact Central Area Detectives,” the department said in the statement.

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Nibo said she saw the protests and began livestreaming until members of the group began to approach her, asking who she voted for in November's election.

“I’m telling them, ‘No, I’m not a Trump supporter. I don’t care. Please just leave me alone. I’m just trying to get home,’ ” she told Fox's Los Angeles affiliate station, adding that nearly 30 people cornered her and began to push her around.

She described later being wrapped in a "bear hug" from behind by a man who then proceeded to protect her from the crowd.

“If not for him stepping in at that moment, these people would have literally tried to kill me,” she said. 

“I don’t understand what’s going on in the world. I’m saddened by it. I’m heartbroken by it," Nibo said.

Police have also asked for those with information to contact the LAPD.

The incident occurred on the same day that a mob of President Trump's supporters attacked the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election results. Rioters breached the Capitol and made their way into both chambers of Congress, forcing members, staff and press to evacuate from the House and Senate floors. 

The rioters also vandalized lawmakers' offices, scattering papers and taking photos in the desk chairs of U.S. representatives.