A black fast-food worker in New Jersey has been caught on video viciously beating and kicking a white mother in front of her young son as a group of people stood by and did nothing to help. Latia Harris, still at large, is seen pummeling the victim on the ground, spitting at her, and kicking her in the back. The suspect also threatened the victim’s 2-year-old son.
NJ.com (h/t Linda R) Police are searching for a woman seen on an amateur video savagely beating another woman as the victim’s 2-year-old son watched and pleaded for the violence to stop. “Police in this county deal with this type of violence everyday. Yet, this video is physically sickening to watch,” Salem Chief of Police John J. Pelura III said Wednesday.
The suspect in the case has been identified as Latia Harris, 25, of Salem, who is facing charges of aggravated assault and two counts of making terroristic threats, Pelura said. She has not yet been apprehended. A video showing the violent attack had been posted online. The person who took the video appears to have happened upon the incident and began recording, probably using a cell phone. The video shows several others watching the beating and recording it on phones.
The victim’s 2-year-old son appears to be the lone individual who intervened, pleading for the attack to stop and kicking at the attacker’s leg — and the attacker at one point threatened to kick the boy in his face. Reactions from witnesses sound akin to “oohs” and “ahhs” you might hear at a sporting event.