SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – A woman is facing multiple counts of malicious harassment after court documents said she yelled racially motivated comments at her neighbors.
A family who lives in an apartment on East Main Avenue called 911 around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Nawar Al Graiti, his brother and a friend were at Al Graiti’s apartment on Tuesday and were getting ready to leave when 68-year-old Shalisha Israel, started verbally berating them.
Court documents said Israel had been harassing the family for several weeks based on their race and nationality. They called 911 because Israel was banging on their door and kicking their cars in the parking lot yelling racist remarks, according to court records. Court records said they believe she was preventing them from going to their cars and she was upset about their driving and national origin.
Court records show that cell phone video was taken of Israel yelling things like, “You guys drug dealers or something,” and “I think you might be terrorists! This is not your America! You are evil!”
She was reportedly upset because they were taking up parking spaces.
“She started say for me, oh you don’t belong here, you are not American. Go where you belong. She started like saying we are terrorist, we don’t belong here,” said Al Graiti.
When deputies arrived on scene, Israel came out from her apartment and started yelling at the family as they were talking to a deputy, according to court documents. Israel told deputies she was upset about her neighbors speeding through the parking lot but she had not contacting the complex management about the issue, court documents stated. She also admitted to calling the family terrorists. Court documents said she called them that because they were driving fast and they were Middle Eastern.
A film crew from the A&E show Live PD responded with the deputy, according to court documents.
Israel was placed under arrest for three counts of malicious harassment. When deputies initially ran the name Israel provided, they determined it was false. She was then also charged with making a false statement. Court documents said Israel also had a warrant for her arrest for obstructing law enforcement. She was booked into the Spokane County Jail.
Al Graiti said this is not the first time he has heard this kind of rhetoric from Israel. He said he has been getting these racially charged remarks since he moved in, in February.
“First time I avoid her, the second time, third time, fourth time, fifth time. Then I say OK and I told her I am calling the cops next time you talk to me,” said Al Graiti.
Al Graiti said he called police when Israel began banging on the door and kicking the cars, and he hoped they would just get her to stop. The police arrested Israel for malicious harassment when they arrived on the scene. Al Graiti does not feel very comfortable though.
“I got this kind of situation that really makes me feel bad. Why is she doing that,” said Al Graiti.
He moved to the United States from Iraq three years ago. Him and his family were allowed to move into the country because his older brother is a translator for the U.S. Army. He said he is just trying to live the American dream.
“I’m a pre-nursing student, then I have my work as a caregiver across the street and I have my life almost stable and I have nothing wrong with it and I want to keep my life this way with nothing wrong with it,” said Al Graiti.
He hoped the trouble for him is behind him and that people would learn from his story.
“You don’t need to make a judgement about people because of their skin color or their actions. All the people should live in peace without a problem,” said Al Graiti.