Melissa Shelton, a 29-year-old white woman from Marion Texas, was indicted on Thursday afternoon in Guadalupe County, Texas, on charges of felony mischief after she smashed the car windows of an interracial couple viewing a house in her neighborhood.

As the couple viewed the back of one of the new houses in the development, they heard glass shatter and ran to find Shelton breaking their front windshield and their back driver’s side window—directly over their child’s seat. Luckily, the child wasn’t in the car.

Shelton then started yelling racist slurs like “n*gger” and “spic.”

Jason Chapa is Mexican American and Victoria Chapa is African American.

When the local police arrived, Shelton and a companion, Mason Mycue, said they “just arrived” home when the couple accused them of vandalizing their car. But when Mycue realized that Shelton was caught in the act, he offered to pay for the damage.

“The local police, of course, did nothing. The neighborhood housing association, the local realtors, all offered nothing but a silent endorsement of the attack,” attorney S. Lee Merritt, who represents the Chapas, wrote in a Facebook post following the incident. “This was not Black History Month. This is not black history. This didn’t happen 50 years ago. It happened a few weeks ago. This is America 2018.”

The Marion Police Department didn’t issue Shelton a citation at first, but after weeks of public pressure, they finally turned the police report to the Guadalupe County District Attorney’s Office.

“Incidents like this act of terrorism and intimidation are common tactics used since segregation was deemed unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 1948,” Merritt said In an interview with The Root. “Law enforcement plays a pivotal role in enforcing the law, a duty the Marion Police Department has been decidedly derelict in upholding in this case. If hate crime legislation, discrimination statutes, and basic law and order is to mean anything, we must demand equal protection under the law for all citizens.”

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