Police investigate racist assault against teen on Vancouver bus (VIDEO)

Jul 22 2019, 5:24 pm

A racist assault involving a woman smashing a backpack into a teen’s face for not “speaking English” on a Vancouver bus was caught on video.

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Lauren Boothby, a reporter from News 1130, witnessed the assault and posted footage on social media.

“I just witnessed a racist assault by this woman on a teenage girl who was visiting Canada from Portugal. She smashed her backpack into the teen’s face as she was getting off the bus. She did it because she wasn’t speaking English,” wrote Boothby.

Warning, the video below contains inappropriate language that may be disturbing to some readers. 

Boothby says that before she got off the busy 95 B-line bus she heard the woman say she was going to “grab” the teen “by the hair and throw her off the f*cking bus.”

Boothby later clarified the girl and her friends were visiting Vancouver from Brazil — not Portugal — and the woman was “mad at the group of teens for speaking Portuguese.”

Clint Hampton of Metro Vancouver Transit Police confirmed the incident occurred around 6:30 pm on Sunday.

“As [the suspect] got off the bus, she threw her backpack in the passenger’s face,” he said, adding that there were no major injuries.

“She’s not injured but obviously shaken up.”

Hampton says the suspect is a Caucasian female between 30 to 40 years old with blonde hair and a tattoo on her right arm and lower back.

At the time of the incident, she was wearing dark swim shorts to her knees and her hair was in a ponytail.

Hampton says the victim will not be pursuing charges.

“In this case, the victim is from Brazil and will be returning shortly. The victim herself made it clear that she will not be returning to Canada and does not want to pursue charges in court.”

Transit Police will be collecting evidence and will be recommending charges to Crown Counsel.