Racially-charged rant goes viral on social media
A racially-charged rant in Grand Junction is going viral across the nation.
Laura Bennett was filmed outside the Mesa County Department of Human Services yelling at a Latino family and insulting them with racial slurs. The video has now been viewed on Facebook more than 400,000 times.
The video was posted by Wendy Flores who says her mother was being verbally attacked when leaving the Mesa County Department of Human Services.
"My mom got evidence of what Hispanic people go through, so I just wanted to share it with the world," said Wendy Flores.
The woman in the video is Grand Junction resident Laura Bennett. She’s come forward, apologizing for her actions.
"That part of me lost control. It was not right, not appropriate, not acceptable," said Bennett.
Bennett says there’s more to this heated story that the video doesn’t share.
"My behavior is inexcusable, my purpose that led to it, that's not viewed at all, is the animal in question," said Bennett.
Bennett says after leaving an appointment she found the Flores’ family dog Nala locked in a hot car.
"The German shepherd was trying to put his nose towards the crack sniffing or trying to get oxygen and I thought boy that's not right to leave an animal locked in a car," said Bennett.
When confronting the Flores family Bennett says emotions were running high.
"Sometime you have to think about what you say before you say it,” said Flores, “There’s a fine line between staying concerned about the dog and being racists."
Bennett, Latino herself, say the racial remarks came from a dark, and ugly place.
"I don't regret helping the animal. My only regret is the language I used and my approach of how I handled the situation,” said Bennett.
The video, now forever online, has the woman on the receiving end of the rant hoping a lesson can be learned.
"My mom said she could forgive it, but not forget it. I don't think I can because I saw the effect it took on my family, it was just hard," said Flores.