A man and a woman have come forward to say that they were attacked and had their car damaged by a group armed with rocks near the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was killed in a police-related incident earlier this month in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ty Spiceland, 35, and a woman who wished to remain unidentified say they were confronted by the group on University Avenue around 1:30 p.m. Spiceland told WSB-TV that he was punched in the face three times and was told that white people could not be on that road as members of the group also threw rocks at his car.

“Overall I absolutely agree with their side,” Spiceland said. “All I wanted to do is just roll down the window and try and reason with the guy and say, ‘Hey, we’re not going to Wendy’s, we’re just passing through, we’ll be gone in one second.’ And he just didn’t want to hear that or anything about that, he straight-up said, ‘No white people are allowed on this road.'”

“It’s scary to have someone come after you like that,” he added. “We take their side. We weren’t being disrespectful in any kind of way. We were just trying to get on the interstate.”

The woman who had been in the car also said that they were told to turn around because of the color of their skin. “They said, ‘You can’t go this way,'” she said, adding that she was told the reason was, “You’re not African American. Only African Americans are allowed on this road. You’re white, you’re a cracker, whatever word they used. You’re not allowed on this road. Turn around.” The woman went on to say that she was left with injuries to her arms and face from the rocks that were thrown at her.

Racial tensions continue to be at an all-time high in the wake of the deaths of Brooks as well as of George Floyd, the latter dying in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month.

This piece was written by PoliZette Staff on June 22, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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