Susan Pedersen said she had just dropped off a friend at the University of Chicago on Thursday night and was stopped at a red light near the campus with her two young children.

That’s when a large group of black youths began circling her car, Pedersen told WLS-TV.

“They were walking around both sides of the vehicle–in the front, in the back–and as they were walking across, they were hitting my car, using racial slurs and telling me that I didn’t belong in their neighborhood because I was white,” she told WLS.

She said people in the group kicked her car and shook it while her two children, a boy and girl, screamed. Then a bicycle was used to ram the car, shattering the rear window and sending broken glass into the third row where 3-year-old Benjamin was seated, she told the station.


When a nearby police car pulled up, the group took off–but two juveniles were arrested and charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property, WLS reported.



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