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Witnesses Intervene Before Racist Oregon Man Can Push Black Teen Into Oncoming Traffic

Witnesses Intervene Before Racist Oregon Man Can Push Black Teen Into Oncoming Traffic
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Updated 4 weeks ago

Another day, another instance of dangerous, overt racism, this time in the Pacific Northwest.

The incident unfolded on a street in Beaverton, Oregon, when a white male was spotted assaulting a black teenage girl. Thirty-seven-year-old Samuel Corbett was arrested on Monday, July 9, after witnesses reported that he had been harassing and endangering a 17-year-old girl.

According to witness Ain Avila who heard the teen’s screams, Corbett could be heard yelling racial slurs at the young girl and threatening to kill her. 

Avila pulled into the gas station parking lot where the assault was happening and confronted Corbett. Two other men, including Douglas Short, a gas station employee, also stepped in to protect the girl.

As the witnesses tried to help, Corbett grabbed the girl’s backpack and tried to direct her into oncoming traffic. Before he could, she got free from her strap and Short intervened.

The assailant attempted to flee, but authorities caught up to him nearby and arrested him on charges of second-degree intimidation, menacing, and second-degree disorderly conduct. Bail was set to $250 at his court appearance on Tuesday, a dollar amount that seems low considering the crime.

“This type of crime won’t be tolerated in our community, which is evident by the response from our community members,” Jim Monger, chief of Beaverton police, said in a statement.

Addressing those that stepped in, Monger followed up by saying, “Thank you for standing up against racism.”

When pressed for an interview, the teenage girl declined. Officer Jeremy Shaw, a spokesperson for the local police department, said that she wasn’t hurt, but is shaken up.

As we're left wondering if the nation's gone insane or if the advent of smartphones has simply made it more publicly known, we can at least take solace in knowing that, in this instance, bigotry didn't win out.