British woman, suspected of a racist rant on a tram, has been arrested

November 28, 2011

A woman can be seen in a YouTube video shouting racial slurs. (YouTube Screengrab)

The search may now be at an end. The British Transport Police announced on Twitter that they had arrested a 34-year-old woman on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offense.

We’ve arrested a 34yo woman for racially aggravated public order offence as a result of #mytramexperience video brought to our attnMon Nov 28 17:10:45 via HootSuiteBTP
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Though they have a woman in custody, they reported that they are still seeking information about the event, asking any witnesses to step forward to help them pinpoint where and when it took place.

In the video, the woman shouts about the other passengers, saying “You ain’t English. You ain’t English. ... Go back to your own countries. Don’t stay in mine. We English ain’t nothing now.”

When another passenger tells her to be more mindful of the children on the tram, she increases her curses, berating the passenger for being black. Another passenger, a white woman, interjects, saying: “I’m English, what have you got to say to me?”

The person that posted the video wrote in the comments that the rant lasted at least 20 minutes. The video can be viewed here, but be warned that extremely offensive language is used.

This is the second time in a month that a viral video has led to a police investigation. Earlier in November, Hillary Adams instigated an investigation into her father Texas Judge William Adams when she posted a video of him beating her in 2006.

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