A black family from Sacramento, Ca. were victims of a hate crime during a recent camping trip at Rollins Lake in Nevada County last weekend.
“I’ve been in car accidents, you know, you go through tense and scary situations in life, but nothing like this,” Kanisha Allen told FOX40.
Allen said a white man staying on the camping grounds threatened them with a shovel and screamed racial slurs at them.
“The guy ran down the hill with a shovel and you’re in the dark, I thought he had a shot gun,” Allen said.
Before that incident, the family was having a peaceful time on the campground, until another family set up camp nearby and started complaining about noise.
“Some of the other campers from the rowdier group were just staring over and making racial comments,” she said. “We let it roll off of our backs,” Allen told FOX40.
Then the next night, one man in particular started to yell at Allen’s family, using even more hateful language.
“I didn’t come here to sleep next to any F-ing Ns, (is what he said),”Allen recalled.
The family reported the incident to camp employees but the ingrate camper also threatened them.
“Whatever was said infuriated the main aggressor of the group, and all you hear is him saying the ‘n’ word, ‘I’m going to kill you F-ing Ns,'” Allen said.
That was when the man started to run toward their campsite, holding what Allen thought was a shot gun.
“It was terrifying, I have a 9-month-old daughter, and I grabbed her and the only thing that I could think of was you need to go down the ravine and hide next to the water because we didn’t know what was happening,” Allen said.
In the chaos, Allen’s mother who is in her 60s, fell down while running away, receiving cuts and bruises to her face.
“(My mother was alive during the Civil Rights movement and) to have to relive some of the things that she had gone through in her younger years today, it is almost unbelievable,” Allen said.
The police were called, as he tried to leave the campgrounds, he was stopped by cops. But he wasn’t arrested.
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation is still ongoing, and the DAs office might still file charges. But Allen said that’s not good enough for her.
“They didn’t think that he was drunk, and didn’t find any weapons on him and for some reason or another decided to let him go … We expressed that we had feared for our lives, you know? And still nothing was done at that point,” Allen said.
A campsite manager said the man and his party have been banned from the campsite.