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(VIDEO) Texas Man Facing Hate-Crime, Assault Charges After Viciously Beating Unarmed Woman

March 22, 2019 - 12:05 pm
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(KNX 1070) -- A Dallas bartender was arrested after violently beating and verbally assaulting an African American woman over a parking dispute. 

Austin Shuffield, 30, was captured on cellphone video by a witness, first calling L'Daijohnique Lee racist names, pulling a gun on her, and then viciously beating her. 

“I knew I was on a one-way street but I was stopping literally at the corner to let my friend out,” Lee told WFAA

WARNING: Video contains violent content. 

Lee says she moved her car into a lot, but when Shuffield approached her to get a photo of her license plate, she was scared and asked him to "get back or she would mace him." That's when Shuffield pulled a gun on Lee. She attempted to call 911, but Shuffield knocked her phone out of her hand, kicked it away, and then proceeded to punch her in the face at least five times.

"He charged at me, and he just kept hitting me, and I was like 'ok, ok, ok'," Lee said. 

"Watching that video literally makes me cry. All I could do was try and protect myself," she said. "He literally sat there and beat me like a man." 

Lee has hired civil rights attorney Lee Merritt. 

"Our office is speaking with the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas County District Attorney's office to ensure all appropriate charges are pursued including felony assault, firearm and hate crime related charges," Merritt said in a written statement. He issued the statement Friday recommending that Shuffield face felony assault and hate-crime charges because he launched into a racist diatribe prior to the attack.

Shuffield was booked into the Dallas County Jail on Tuesday night. He was charged with assault bodily injury, interfering with an emergency call and public intoxication. He posted a $2,000 bond and was released about 2 a.m. Friday.

Shuffield was terminated from his job as a bartender at a barbershop following the release of the video.