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Viral videos capturing racist incidents increasing across metro Detroit, nation

Posted at 10:08 AM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 10:12:53-04

(WXYZ) — There has been an uptick in confrontations caught on camera in both metro Detroit and the nation.

A couple involved in a confrontation with a mother and daughter outside a Chipotle in Orion Township have been charged with felonious assault, according to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office.

The charges against Jillian Wuestenberg, 32, and her husband, Eric Wuestenberg, 42, were announced by Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard on Thursday during a press conference, which followed video of the incident going viral.

Takelia Hill, the mother involved in the confrontation, questioned Jillian after she bumped into Hill's teenage daughter, her attorney says.

Hill says the woman was disrespectful and racist.

"In today’s climate, we are seeing too many times where unarmed black people are having firearms pointed at them," Attorney Christopher W. Quinn II said.

The couples' attorney says they feared for their life.

"When the truth comes out about who was behind the camera and the actions that were taken in proximity to my client, everyone will understand the extreme amount of fear they were feeling at the time," Attorney Dean Greenblatt said.

A month ago in Livonia, a woman named nicknamed "Kroger Karen" went viral for using a stroller to block a Black woman with three children from leaving a grocery store parking lot.

Shaneeka Montgomery-Strickland says Paula Marie Gearin became angry after her son stepped on a shelf for Gatorade.

The altercation spilled over into the parking lot.

Gearin was charged with disturbing the peace.