DEDHAM, MASS. (WHDH) - An investigation is underway after a woman reported that another person hurled racial slurs and other comments of hate to her in Dedham last Thursday.

Officers responding to a 911 call reporting an assault in the area of 585 High St. met with a victim who said she was subjected to racial slurs and other verbal comments of hate and discrimination from another person in the area, according to Dedham police.

Michelle Kousidas said the man had just been thrown out of her bar after he had two beers and started making racist and inappropriate comments to her staff.

“I wasn’t going to let it happen. I was a lunatic chasing after him. I know that. But I wasn’t going to let it happen. No,” she said.

Keiantey Gamble had just closed up the bookstore and coffee shop where she works Thursday night when she said a man went on a racist tirade that left her and her partner concerned for their safety.

“Just yelling in her ear, in her face. Saying racial slurs. Making her feel very unwelcome. Telling her she has to go,” Gamble said.

There were no physical injuries reported, police said.

Dedham residents responded with rallies condemning the attack and police have responded with charges including assault and battery for purpose of intimidation.

“Bad stuff can happen anywhere. We’re not immune. No one is immune but I’m really pleased with the initial, immediate response,” said Margo Smith of the Anti-Racism Coalition of Dedham.

The town is looking to make their actions speak louder than the words of that individual.

“I don’t feel like an outsider. They make me feel like a family. They make me feel like I need to be heard just like anybody else. And anybody should do that no matter where you are,” Gamble said.

An investigation remains underway.



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