BERKELEY (CBS SF) – A 35-year-old Berkeley woman was arrested after a confrontation with a van driver resulted in allegations of hate crime.
Berkeley police said the incident took place around 7:54 p.m. on April 18 in the Delaware Street and McGee Avenue area.
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Investigators said the driver – identified as Julie Walrand – and her boyfriend thought they saw a parcel delivery driver driving too fast. They followed the truck and confronted the driver during a stop on the 1700 block of Delaware Street.
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During the confrontation, Walrand is said to have used violence to prevent the parcel deliverer from leaving and to have used hateful language that belittles people of color.
Walrand was arrested with abusive language on suspicion of false imprisonment, battery, and deliberately threatened a person based on their perceived characteristics.
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The Berkeley Police Department recognizes and values the rights of all persons guaranteed under state and federal law. Committing a hate crime is a serious crime that will not be tolerated in the city of Berkeley.