A white woman who was charged after being filmed when she pulled a gun against an unarmed black woman and her daughters burst into tears during a television interview describing how she feared for her life after the family had prevented her from getting into her car. Then she started tapping on it when she was inside.
Jillian Wuestenberg (32) and her husband Eric Wuestenberg (42) have been charged with aggravated assault following the July 1 confrontation in Michigan. However, they are victims of "ethnic intimidation" by Takelia Hill and her family.
A cell phone video captured the confrontation outside a Chipotle restaurant in Orion Township, about 40 miles northwest of Detroit.
Jillian Wuestenberg can be seen in front of her vehicle and shouts: “Get out! Go away! & # 39; while pointing a gun.
She finally gets back into the vehicle that her husband drives away.
Jillian Wuestenberg (top) burst into tears and said she was afraid for her life before pulling a gun at a Chipotle restaurant in Orion Township, Michigan on July 1 against a black woman and her family
The video of a parking lot in front of a chipotle in Orion Township, Michigan, shows relatives of Takelia Hill, a black woman who is standing behind Wuestenberg's van and is about to pull a gun. Jillian Wuestenberg claimed that the family blocked and hit the vehicle while she and her husband were inside
Jillian Wuestenberg (left) and her husband Eric Wuestenberg (right) were arrested after a black woman and her daughters were drawn with a gun during a videotaped confrontation in a restaurant car park in Orion Township, Michigan
Hill, who is black, said the confrontation started when Jillian Wuestenberg came across Hill's teenage daughter when they entered the restaurant.
Jillian Wuestenberg told Detroit television WXYZ on Thursday that she was afraid when the family members of Hill prevented her from getting into her vehicle and then tapped the back.
"Within a second or two I had several people within two feet of me and I only remember thinking I wasn't going home tonight," said Wuestenberg.
When the video shows her loading a cartridge into the chamber of her pistol and pointing it at the Hill family, she was asked what she was up to.
"That meant I'm about to die and I don't want to die," said Wuestenberg.
Christopher Quinn, a lawyer at Takelia Hill, declined to let The Associated Press interview her on Friday because the lawsuit is pending.
Quinn said the Hill's cellphone video doesn't show that the Wuestenbergs' lives were threatened by Hill and her unarmed daughters.
A shocking video of the victim shows a white woman pointing a gun at Takelia Hill (pictured) and her daughter
"There was no danger of using a weapon or physical violence against (the Wuestenbergs)," said Quinn.
& # 39; You were able to leave the situation. They knew they had their guns. They came out like Bonnie and Clyde and showed Ms. Hill and her daughters who were in charge. & # 39;
Dean Greenblatt, an attorney for the Wuestenbergs, said Friday that he believes Takelia Hill has violated Michigan's ethnic intimidation law, which prohibits an individual's race, gender, and national violence, harassment, and violence.
Hill can be heard in the video in which swear words are shouted and Jillian Wuestenberg is threatened. This also included the statement: "I will also (explicitly) beat your white," said Greenblatt.
The Wuestenberg also feared that the windows of their vehicle would break.
The video also shows that Hill "stormed Jillian Wuestenberg," he said.
"That would give reason to believe that they would get their white (expletive) beat."
The white couple hails from Independence Township and both have hidden pistol licenses. MPs confiscated two of the couple's handguns after they were arrested on the night of July 1 after the encounter.
The three-minute video published online shows part of the interaction.
Takelia Hill said it happened after the white woman met Hill & # 39; s teenage daughter Makayla when they entered the fast food restaurant.
Oakland County's sheriff, Michael Bouchard, speaks at a press conference last Thursday to confirm that Eric and Jillian Wuestenberg have both been charged with aggravated assault
Speaking to the Detroit News, Makayla said, "Before I could enter Chipotle, this woman came out and I was out of the way so she could go out.
& # 39; You nudged me and I said, "Sorry." And then she started insulting me and saying things as if I were entering her personal realm. & # 39;
The teenager called her mother. "I went to the woman who yelled at my daughter," said Hill.
"She couldn't see me because her back was to me, but she was in my daughter's face."
The later part of the dispute, which had been moved to the parking lot of the restaurant, was then captured in front of the camera.
Hill and her daughter argue with Jillian Wuestenberg over how she allegedly came across the daughter.
"She did something wrong, she has to apologize," Hill can be heard saying.
In the clip you can hear Jillian Wuestenberg saying: "Go away!". She then went back to the car and the couple drove away from the scene (right)
"They prevent me from getting into my car," replies Wuestenberg.
Husband Eric Wuestenberg then gets out and opens the door so the woman can enter while Hill and her daughter accuse them of being "ignorant" and "stupid".
The two women then implore the husband to "do something", to which he replies: "Who the hell do you think you are?" You gave her names, she didn't harm you. & # 39;
When Eric Wuestenberg gets back in the car, you can hear the daughter saying: "You are very racist and ignorant."
As the conflict continues, the woman says from the passenger seat of the car: “You can't just walk around and call white people racist. This is not that kind of world. Whites are not racist, nobody is racist. & # 39;
When Hill continues to ask the woman why she bumped her daughter, she replies, "I'm worried about you and I'm sorry if you had an incident that made someone feel like you."
The car window is rolled up and the two drive away.
Hill can then be seen behind the car and seems to hit the rear window of the vehicle. The video does not show how Hill got behind the car.
According to Hill, she thought the driver of the car was trying to hit her and tapped the rear window of his SUV to stop him.
The couple then get out of the vehicle and the woman points a gun at them.
In the clip you can hear them say: "Go away!"
Hill then replies: “She pointed the gun at me, she wanted to hit me in the car. Call them and get the license plate. Get the license plate now! Because you wanted to hit me in the car? & # 39;
Wuestenberg says: "Don't jump behind my car!" And repeatedly shouts: "Get the shit back!" Aim the gun directly at the victim.
She yells at people to get away from her and her vehicle.
A woman shouts: "She has a gun on me!" and asks someone in the parking lot to call the police.
Wuestenberg then lowers the weapon, climbs into the passenger seat and the vehicle drives off.
Hill said her other two daughters were in the car at the time of the argument, which traumatized the family.
Oakland County prosecutor Jessica Cooper said her office had viewed the available video and checked the facts before filing charges.
"It is an unfortunate series of circumstances in which minds basically have little to do," she said of the initial spark that caused the confrontation.
The victim's shocking video shows Jillian Wuestenberg holding a pistol at a family and putting her hand on the trigger in a parking lot in Orion Township, Michigan
Bouchard said that after the videos went online, people were "choosing pages" and threatening calls to the sheriff's shipping office were made.
& # 39; We don't see any pages. We're seeing facts, ”he said.
“There is a lot of tension in our society, a lot of tension between people and each other.
"I would just say that, we ask and expect our police – and rightly so – to de-escalate any situation that they possibly can, and we should. But I would say that this has to happen individually in our own life and in our own situations, that we interact with each other and de-escalate these moments. & # 39;
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