Texas man sprays woman with hose over BLM argument with neighbor: video
A Texas man sprayed a woman with a hose in a now-viral video after she allegedly yelled, “White Lives Matter!” and berated a neighbor over a Black Lives Matter flag in her yard.
Ian Doherty, of southwest Austin, said the incident unfolded Oct. 7 when a woman parked in the middle of the street and flew into a 30-minute tirade because his neighbor’s Black Lives Matter flag was more visible than the American flag — as well as a slew of unrelated gripes, KXAN-TV reported.
Doherty said he went outside and asked the woman to stop yelling, to no avail.
“She told me where to stuff it,” Doherty told the local station. “I don’t remember her exact words, but she swore at me, yelled at me, and then I blew it off.”
So Doherty decided to get out his hose and sprinkler head, which he initially pointed in the direction of the woman’s car, hoping she’d decide to leave, the outlet reported.
The act instead prompted the woman to walk onto his lawn.
The video clip, posted to Facebook, begins with the two squaring off for several seconds, as Doherty asks the woman to get off his property.
The woman can be heard saying, “Turn that damn thing off” and “If you spray me…,” seconds before Doherty turns the hose on her.
“She adopts a really aggressive stance, and she told me to turn my water hose off, and I just wasn’t going to do it,” Doherty told the outlet. “I’m on my property, and she was being ridiculous and abusive and saying the worst things for half an hour. I’m not going to back down on my property.”
The woman is then shown slipping on the curb, before getting back up, as she tries to grab a hold of the hose.
“Now I think maybe we should call somebody,” someone can be heard saying in the background.
Austin police responded to the scene a short time later, but no charges were filed, according to the report.
The woman shown in the video did not want to comment on the record to KXAN.
But her lawyer sent a letter to the station Thursday saying, “The online article is filled with half-truths and flat out deceptive statements,” without elaborating.
“The neighbors have all made peace with one another and there is nothing to be gained by stirring things up again,” the lawyer wrote.
The neighbor initially targeted in the rant told the outlet that she “would have responded better” if the woman said, ‘Oh hey, by the way, your flags are up wrong.’”
Doherty told the outlet he’s nervous about how much attention the video has received, but said people “have to stand up to bullies and racism, in general.”
“I’m not calling her a racist, I’m not making any attacks against the woman, but she was being antagonistic and a bully, for sure,” he said. “I heard her scream ‘white lives matter,’ and just being ugly in general. I’ve got no time for that. I’m glad I did what I did.”
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