Apparently this happened because some asshole made innapropriate sexual comments to her and she told him to go shove it. Fucking animals.
Woman beaten on videotape comes forward
Victim contacts police after seeing herself on TV
By Angela Hill, STAFF WRITER
OAKLAND — The woman seen in a videotape being viciously beaten by a mob as she defended herself in the back seat of a car came forward to Oakland police last week after excerpts of the tape made the evening news.
She was shocked to see the tape, police said Tuesday, and traumatized all over again. The woman — whose identity police are trying to protect, saying only that she is in her early 30s and does not live in Oakland — wasn't aware the October 2002 assault in a downtown Oakland parking lot had been taped. In fact, the first she learned of the disturbing video footage was when she saw it on the news last week with everyone else in the Bay Area.
"It brought back a whole lot of bad memories, and the whole trauma for her," said Oakland police Sgt. Drennon Lindsey.
The biggest concern for the young woman, Lindsey said, is that the tape — available the past three years at stores under the title "World's Wildest Street Fights, Volume 1" — had recently surfaced because of a radio show and Web site. The tape describes the woman as a snitch and says she was beaten because she had "ratted out" some gang members to authorities.
"That is absolutely not true," Lindsey said. "This had nothing to do with anything gang-related. It was because she rejected and disrespected some dude in the parking lot who was claiming to be a pimp, and he sent his hounds to assault her. It was an unprovoked attack. She did not know these people. She is not a snitch. But she is now fearful, with her face out there and this misinformation, that someone will come after her."
The woman told police she does not want to give interviews to the media. "She just wants to put this behind her and move on."
The attack apparently occurred in the early morning hours of a Sunday in October 2002. The woman had gone out with some girlfriends to Sweet Jimmy's nightclub at 17th Street and San Pablo Avenue in downtown Oakland, where a private party was going on. The women were not there for the party, and nothing happened inside the club, police said.
But when the women went outside and tried to get to their car, trouble followed. A lot of people who couldn't get into the club were loitering on the street, police said.
A man who was "parking-lot pimpin'," as police called it, made some crude comments to the woman as she was about to get into her friend's car in a lot near Oakland Ice Center on 18th Street. She rebuffed the man, "disrespecting him," police said.
He got mad. That's about when the videotape begins, with an unidentified narrator saying the young woman in the car had "ratted out" local gang members. A mob begins jumping on top of the car and beating at the windows. Within minutes, the young woman is assaulted by several people as she sits in the car trying to defend herself. Her attackers rip at her hair and punch her face and body. Some of her clothes are torn off.
She is then pulled from the car and beaten on the ground by at least 12 people. The video ends with the narrator saying the woman was "fighting for her life."
Police say the woman didn't report the assault at the time out of fear. "She was afraid," Lindsey said. "She didn't know who did it. These people just went violent on her."
The tape surfaced last week on the Web site of talk show host Matt Drudge, lifted from a DVD video produced in 2002, police said. The four-minute video, also posted on at least two adult Internet sites that focus on sex and gore, was the subject of Drudge's weekly radio program last week and spurred police investigations into the crime.
At first, police were mystified because the Web site postings said the woman had died after the fight, although no homicide victims matched the woman's description around the time the video was made.
That mystery was solved when the woman came to police. But now, even with the victim's information, police say there's not much chance of prosecuting any of the attackers on the tape, unless someone who knows them comes forward. That's not likely either.
"We're going to do what we can, but people are not really willing to come forward to identify anybody," Lindsey said.
The woman has since recovered from her physical injuries, but painful emotional reminders persist. "This caused her some great problems," Lindsey said. "She has been relying on her family and friends for support to get through it all."
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Oakland police at (510) 238-3426.