Woman claims attack started after defending server from racial slurs

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – A mother says racism is the reason she was assaulted in downtown Savannah.

The woman tells me it all started because she was defending a waiter at the restaurant, who she says was the target of racial slurs on Saturday night.

Kyla Goodwin says she was out to eat at Olympia Café on Saturday night with her family, when she says they heard people at a table hurling racial slurs at their server, who Goodwin says is of Asian descent.

“We started having a problem with that because my boyfriend’s kids are Chinese, and we heard them trying to yell at their server saying go get that Chinese girl, go get the Chinese doll, something like that … just being really demeaning,” said Kyla Goodwin, who says she was assaulted after defending the server.

Goodwin says the people at the table continued to use demeaning language and loud swearing, which eventually led to her boyfriend asking them to stop.

Goodwin says a woman from the other party eventually physically attacked her.

“She pulls my hair, pulls my hair, pulls my hair. I mean I lost chunks of my hair defending myself. I broke all my nails, I have bruises all over my body, I have scratches.

Goodwin says people eventually left the restaurant and she filed a police report the next day.

“For me, the Asian community is very important. This struck me not only because of the racial aspect, but also because I am a server. And at the end of the day, workers in the service sector are not treated with enough respect. And honestly, there really is no protection for us in the end when things like this happen.

It is important to point out that no criminal charges have been filed at this stage.

The report is forwarded to a detective in the SPD’s Criminal Investigations Division for further examination.

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