A university professor has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly spitting on a black woman and hurling racial slurs at her.
Alberto Friedmann, 53, who teaches at the National University of Health Sciences in Illinois, is also charged with felony aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, according to court records.
The alleged incident took place on September 7 outside a Jewel-Osco store in Oak Park, a village 10 miles from Chicago.
On the day of the alleged attack, the woman and her daughter were parked in front of the store while they waited for her mother to finish shopping, NBC News reports.
While in the car, the woman heard someone “honking and yelling” from a car behind her.
According to court records, the man, identified as Friedmann, yelled a racial slur along with “move your f*****g car”.
The woman motioned to Friedmann to drive around, but he reportedly got out of his vehicle and approached the woman’s car.
The woman attempted to exit her vehicle, but the 53-year-old pushed the door shut and then spat in her face.
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He allegedly told her that he spat on her “because he doesn’t like black people”.
The victim exited her vehicle and yelled for someone to call the police, before throwing a water bottle at the professor’s car in order to prevent him from driving off before police arrived.
Friedmann then reportedly accelerated towards the woman coming “within inches” of striking her, instead hitting the rear driver’s side bumper and the driver’s side door.
Officers arrived on the scene shortly after and placed the man under arrest.
He appeared in court on Sunday, September 19, and was released on $2,500 bail.
His lawyer, John McNamara said that his client, a minority and “child of immigrants” denies using any racial language.
The National University of Health Sciences, where Friedmann teaches neurokinesiology, told NBC Chicago: “We take allegations of misconduct seriously and therefore have suspended Alberto Friedmann pending the results of a university investigation.”
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