The Fetterman family has chosen not to press criminal charges against the woman who verbally attacked Pennsylvania second lady Gisele Fetterman with xenophobic and racist slurs while outside an Allegheny County grocery store earlier this week.
Fetterman said she was in line at Aldi when a woman approached her, calling her “that [n-word] that Fetterman married,” referring to her husband, John, the lieutenant governor. The woman continued to bombard Fetterman in the parking lot and told her she did not belong in America.
Pennsylvania State Police investigated the incident, which was captured on video, and turned over their findings to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.
The woman’s conduct met the threshold of “several violations,” police said.
“This incident is a reminder of the toll racism takes on individuals as well as the community,” police said in a statement. “The Pennsylvania State Police is committed to fair and thorough investigations and encourages victims to immediately report crimes motivated by hate or bias to law enforcement.”
However, the Fetterman family has chosen to avoid prosecution, and said they would prefer the woman be given an opportunity to engage in appropriate social services and other resources, police said.
“It’s our fervent hope that she is able to secure the necessary treatment and intervention needed in order to break this cycle,” Fetterman said on social media. “The optimal outcome to this scenario lays in a way forward and away from hate.”
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