Kamira Trent is being hailed a hero on social media for standing up to another woman who was allegedly telling off two women for speaking Spanish. Trent stepped in and started shouting the woman down, telling her to “leave these women alone!”
Trent heard the woman, identified as Linda Dwire, loudly telling two Spanish-speaking women to learn English and intervened.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Trent Shouts Over The Woman, Telling Her To Leave Them Alone & Quit Harassing Them
The footage, which has been viewed more than 500,000 times since it was posted to Facebook by one of the girls being harrassed, shows Trent shouting down Dwire in an aisle of a City Market grocery store in Rifle, Colorado, on Monday afternoon.
“I’m calling the cops. You leave these women alone! Get out!,” Trent tells Dwire in front of two women from Mexico, Fabiola Velasquez and Isabel Marin, who had been speaking Spanish to each other.
“You come from a generation that’s destroying this country,” Dwire replies.
“No I do not. I have respect. You do not harass people,” Trent shoots back.
“You will lose your country,” Dwire says, pointing her finger at Trent. “You know what, you will lose this country.”
Trent, who walks the woman down the aisle still shouting Dwire down, can be heard yelling: “You do not harass Hispanic women!”
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2. The Altercation Began After Dwire Overheard Two Mexican Women Speaking Spanish & Quickly Became Aggressive After Interrupting Their Conversation
Dwire can be seen pointing her finger at Trent while shouting as the two argued.
According to interviews with the women involved, Dwire overheard two women from Mexico, Fabiola Velasquez and Isabel Marin, speaking Spanish to each other, and interrupted to ask if the women lived in the United States and whether they liked the country. When the women replied that they did, Dwire told them to learn to speak English, her voice quickly rising as the conversation escalated.
Velasquez, who had been in the United States for eight years, told BuzzFeed News that Dwire was aggressive and kept putting her hand in her face. Velasquez had her three children with her when the confrontation occurred.
Trent told BuzzFeed said she overheard Dwire tell Velasquez and Marin, “You’re in America. You’re in my country. You can’t speak Spanish here. You need to speak English if you’re going to be in America.”
Trent eventually called the police, and Dwire was “arrested, taken to Garfield County Jail, and charged with two counts of bias-motivated harassment, according to an arrest affidavit,” BuzzFeed reports. She was released on bond and is due back in court in November.
3. Trent First Tried to Deescalate the Situation, But Eventually Called The Police As The Argument Continued
Trent told BuzzFeed that she initially tried to deescalate the situation by reminding Dwire that the U.S. was a free country and that she had the right to speak in whatever language she chose.
“She just got angrier and angrier. I was trying to get …read more