Zach Cotter Target security guard punches Karen Ivery black woman in the face after she demands $1000 in reparations worth of groceries. Officer claimed self defense as customer became belligerent and followed him to enclosure.
A Target security guard in Ohio was captured on film punching a customer in the face following a confrontation in which she demanded reparations while at a checkout line with more than $1000 worth of groceries.
The incident happened in October at the megastore in Blue Ash, OH, when Karen Ivery asked a cashier for their manager regarding the bill and reparations.
The cashier told authorities Ivery bringing up the issue of reparations several times before the manager arriving.
When speaking with the manager, the customer first asked for reparations and grew angry as she walked ‘aggressively’ toward the manager, according to a police report cited by the Daily Mail.
‘Ivery kept berating her about reparations and her privileged life,’ the report alleges as the patron kept walking toward the manager.
Reparations as heated debate stemming from slavery and racial discrimination
At some point the manager told Ivery that if she wanted a ‘donation,’ to call in the morning, only for Ivery to become visibly incensed and increasingly combative.
Zach Cotter, a loss prevention officer, intervened and asked Ivery to calm down and leave the store. Ivery according to the report, allegedly began screaming at Cotter and followed him to his office.
When he tried to shut the door, Ivery allegedly forced her way in, with Cotter throwing a punch, which landed on the woman’s face according to the report.
Surveillance footage of the incident shows the staffer’s punch cause the woman to hit the floor.
After reviewing footage of the incident, authorities determined Ivery was the ‘aggressor’ and was placed under arrest.
‘Ivery was confrontational with officers on the scene and didn’t want to explain her actions,’ the report stated.
Reparations have been a topic for heated debate in recent years that involves a government entity or other institution providing money or funding to people of color who are either descendants of slaves or marginalized in another way.
Karen Ivery the new Rosa Parks?
In a bodycam video of the purported incident shared on YouTube, Ivery told an officer she wanted the cashier to contact the manager, ‘so we could have a larger conversation about how money works, and how the provision works, and how it’s been working in our community in a very wrong way.’
‘This is my Rosa Parks moment,’ Ivery is heard saying.
Do you suppose?
Ivery was sentenced to a day in jail and charged $110 for disorderly conduct.