To my knowledge the Oregon community college shooting has not been classified as a hate crime even though killer Chris Harper-Mercer targeted and killed people because they were Christians. Meanwhile in another part of the state, an 89-year old woman has been charged with a hate crime for spraying her Mexican neighbor with a garden hose. It’s nice to see that the state has its priorities straight over whom they protect from hatred.
The East Oregonian reports that Milton-Freewater, OR police responded to a call on Sunday afternoon of a grievous hate crime. It turns out 89-year Lydia Gilmore told her neighbor Juan Castillo-Epifanio that she didn’t like Mexicans and sprayed him with a hose. And if that wasn’t bad enough, she then sprayed some water on his vehicle. Castillo-Epifanio is presumably a young healthy man who can handle himself, but he was so in fear of this hose-armed octogenarian that he called the police to protect him.
When police arrived, they informed the little old lady that they were going to arrest her for a hate crime, which she thought was completely absurd. As the cops tried to grab her, she spray one of them with the hose and called him a “wetback.” There is nothing in the report that states whether this officer was Latino or not.
In any case, the police claim that the 89-year old woman put up one hell of a fight as they tried to subdue her:
“Ms. Gilmore also physically struggled with officers, kicking them, and refusing to walk to the patrol vehicle,” said Police Chief Doug Boedigheimer.