Bayonne woman who went on racist tirade charged with Bias Intimidation

Krystal Ballance was arrested and charged after the incident on March 16.

The woman who went on a racist tirade after a car accident in Bayonne has been arrested and charged with Bias Intimidation, according to the Bayonne Police Department.

Woman in custody

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Krystal Ballance, a 34-year-old Bayonne woman, was taken into custody from her residence on a warrant issued for her arrest stemming from an incident that occurred on March 16. On that date, she was involved in a motor vehicle crash which led to her arrest for disorderly conduct after she refused to comply with the officer’s commands to cease her “alarming and tumultuous behavior.”

The interaction, posted to Facebook, has gone viral. Kellie Ryan, shared the video of Ballance hurling racial slurs at her.

“Last night Shadise Mosley and I was in a car accident in Bayonne,” Ryan wrote. “The woman that hit was on 10 as soon as she got out of her vehicle and seemed intoxicated. Although, she was apologetic at first she was trying to pressure someone into just accepting cash which is a big NO NO!! Once I stepped in and asked my friend if she was sure that’s what she wanted to do because she doesn’t know how much this is going to cost, this was the reaction I got!”

In the video, the woman is seen shouting at Ryan, calling her a “Black monkey” and repeatedly using the N-word. The woman repeatedly dared cops to arrest her, shouting “take me to f*cking jail.” Even as police handcuffed her and took her into custody, the woman continued to berate Ryan.

Officials condemn the hate

Black in Bayonne, a local Black activist organization, condemned the incident after being tagged in the viral video.

“City officials continue to state that ‘Behaviors such as these do not reflect the entire city of Bayonne,’” co-founder Camille High said. “Clearly that is the opposite of what the African Americans living in Bayonne or visiting Bayonne are experiencing.”

Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti, who represents the 31st Legislative District encompassing Bayonne, condemned the racism in a statement, calling for further action to be taken.

“I read of yet another racist incident that took place in Bayonne,” Chiaravalloti said. “While I am thankful to hear that nobody was injured following the car accident, I am disgusted by the language and derogatory remarks that were hurled at both Kellie and Shadise. The hateful words are repulsive, and it’s no longer enough to say ‘we don’t stand for this.’ Further action must be taken to right these wrongs, and I am grateful to the members of the Bayonne Police Department who stepped in and rightfully charged the woman. Chief Geisler has always had an open door and has actively engaged in dealing with these issues.”

Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, who also represents the 31st Legislative District, comforted the victims in a comment on the Facebook post.

“I am sorry that you had to endure racists comments,” McKnight wrote. “I am happy that no one was harmed in the accident. Thank you for using your voice to call out racist acts and I am happy that the Bayone Police Department is investigating this incident. Please know that I am here and will always lend an ear to listen. Thank you again and sending my heartfelt sympathies.”

Second time this year

This is the second incident that has been caught on camera in less than two months.

On Jan. 4, Bayonne resident Tameka Bordeaux was walking down Avenue C on her way to 7/11 to pick up medicine for her stomach when a white woman began to call her the N-word. Following the incident, an investigation was initiated by the Bayonne Police Detective Bureau which led to Claudia Emanuele being identified as the woman in the video. She was subsequently charged with Bias Intimidation and Harassment.

Last year, similar racially charged incidents took place in Bayonne, including threats against a Black-owned bookshop and its owner and a Facebook post calling for lynchings.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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