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Spokane Valley woman accused of hate crime after calling her neighbors terrorists, shouting racial slurs

UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017

A woman accused of a hate crime was arrested at a Spokane Valley apartment complex Tuesday evening after she was accused of repeatedly banging on the door of her Middle Eastern neighbors, kicking their cars and yelling racial slurs.

The neighbors called deputies to 12103 E. Main Ave. and showed them cell phone video of the woman’s tirade. She was recorded calling them “terrorists” and “drug dealers” and repeatedly yelled at them to “Go back to where you belong,” according to court documents. They told deputies that the harassment had been going on for weeks.

The woman, identified as 68-year-old Shalisha Israel, told police that she was upset because she thought her neighbors had been driving too fast in the parking lot but admitted she called them terrorists, court documents state.

Israel is facing three charges of malicious harassment, under Washington’s hate crime law. She initially gave a fake name to police and is facing a charge of making a false statement to a police officer.

She was also booked into the Spokane County Jail on a Spokane warrant for obstructing law enforcement and has a pending case for urinating in public.

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