Grandmother says stranger threatened to shoot her after racist remarks

<p>A Sheepshead Bay grandmother claims she was involved in a racist encounter with a random man last week.</p>

News 12 Staff

Nov 13, 2018, 1:04 AM

Updated 1,977 days ago

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A Sheepshead Bay grandmother claims she was involved in a racist encounter with a random man last week.
She says the suspect managed to take off without being charged, but she still wants to tell her story.
Evelyn Powers says she was waiting outside a medical building on Ocean Parkway and Foster Avenue on Nov. 6 when she encountered the man.
"He tells us we should go back to pick cotton. He said we should be lynched. He’s saying that we're home attendants. He said go back to your projects and he just went on,” she said.
Powers says she was with her daughter and 7-year-old grandson and did nothing to upset the man.
Her daughter began to record when they claim he threatened to shoot them.

Police tell News 12 that a sergeant from the 70th Precinct was flagged down and attempted to find the suspect. When officers responded to Powers’ 911 call, they couldn't find her or make contact with her. She says she never received a call. Responding officers told Powers the man was not a threat and didn't feel the report was necessary.

While the man didn’t physically harm Powers or her family, she's afraid his behavior could escalate to violence.
“You letting a ticking time bomb walk the streets and if he's that angry with us and we just standing there just imagine if he gets really upset and his fuse, he'll explode,” she says.

Powers was able to obtain an address for the man through the medical office.  News 12 tried to contact him at the location, but has not heard back. The NYPD says it does not consider the man's behavior to be classified as a hate crime but says Powers can file a harassment report.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office says anyone who wants to report a hate crime can its hotline at 718-250-4949


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