The other incident involved a Japanese American father, whom Hernandez repeatedly called “Chinaman” and threatened with his two minor children, telling them: “You are going to get f***ed and your kids are going to get f***ed.”
The three victims recently banded together through an attorney and called on Torrance Mayor Patrick J. Furey, the Torrance City Attorney’s Office and the Torrance Police Department to investigate and prosecute Hernandez for her actions.
On July 2, the City Attorney charged Hernandez with battery over the incident involving Salminao. However, she was not charged for her racist rants as there is simply “insufficient evidence.”
Hernandez’s bail was set at $1, and due to the COVID-19 crisis, some Los Angeles courts have lowered bail for most misdemeanors to $0. She was released at about 4 p.m. on Friday.
“We are relieved that Lena Hernandez has been arrested and we feel that this is one small step towards justice for all the victims. However, we are disheartened and unsatisfied that she was only charged with a single count of misdemeanor battery on Kayceelyn Salminao,” the victims said in a joint statement following her arrest.
They added: “We have suffered extreme emotional and mental trauma as a result of Lena Hernandez’s verbal attacks, yet the City Attorney did not find our statements and the viral videos to be sufficient evidence to support a criminal filing of criminal threats, assault, or child endangerment. The declination is even more disappointing because it sends the wrong message to individuals who choose to threaten and verbally attack people and their children based on their race and ethnicity.”
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