LEE COUNTY, Fla .– A Lee County veterinary clinic receives fallout from a Lee County woman who was filmed committing a racist attack on two black men.
Gina Brashear verbally attacked Will Osley and Melvin Finley on Saturday. Everything was captured on cell phone video by a neighbor.
The two brothers were unloading a semi-truck.
“I was there to make money,” Finley said. “I was there to work.”
Brashear unraveled the racist rant, uttering the n-word six times in just 30 seconds.
In a newly obtained 911 audio recording, a neighbor can be heard calling for help.
“I have people helping me out here and she calls them the n-word,” said the neighbor who was afraid to speak with NBC-2’s Gage Goulding. “I didn’t know she wanted the truck to be moved. She just started yelling at me about my fence and the fact that I don’t have a permit for it. The guys who help me, she calls them the n-word a few times.
After watching the video, people started calling the old Brashear Veterinary Office, the Affordable Animal Care Clinic in Fort Myers.
The Brashear clinic has since closed. Now his racism now affects another veterinary clinic, Homestead Veterinary Medical Center in Lehigh Acres.
“First thing this morning when I walked in, my phones were already ringing,” said Amy Pacheco, office manager.
This is because Homestead uses the phone number of the old Brashear clinic.
But they want one thing to be clear.
“No affiliation at all. We are in no way affiliated with this clinic. “
Again on Tuesday, Brashear refused to speak with NBC-2 on camera.
But she said that about her old business.
“Did I hide my racism in my business? As a professional? Guess what, you don’t have to show these sides when you own a business, ”said Gina Brashear.
She also continued to call Osley and Finley the n word.
“To finally get someone to come out and say, ‘I’m a racist. I am sorry for what I did. It will never come out of my mouth. Already. Never, ”Brashear said.
Lee County NAACP chairman spoke about the racist attack.
“It was disturbing,” said James Muwakkil. “It was odious. It’s hateful to hear us called the n-word.
It’s heinous, but is what Brashear said considered a hate crime?
Florida Gulf Coast University forensic studies professor Dave Thomas said no, his speech is protected.
“It’s his right,” Thomas said. “She didn’t do it to make anyone attack. Florida Hate Crimes are set up in a way that makes it a crime. “
Will and Melvin said they hope this video and their story will pave the way for a better future.
“You can’t be that way in a world full of different people,” Finley said. “That does not make sense.”
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