A white man who attacked a Black McDonald’s worker was sentenced to jail time and a fine for the incident.
Daniel Willis Taylor was sentenced to 60 days in prison and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for assaulting Yasmine James and Tateona Bell on December 31, reports The Tampa Bay Times. Taylor will receive credit for the 58 days he has spent in custody.
He is also required to submit to a mental evaluation. Taylor, who is homeless, will have to complete 120 hours of community service if he is unable to pay the fine.
The attack occurred after Taylor got angry because he couldn’t find a straw for his drink, as Blavity previously reported. Taylor approached the counter and screamed obscenities at James. He proceeded to grab her by her collar. Thankfully, James was able to defend herself due to her training to be a boxer. Taylor also kicked Bell as he was escorted from the restaurant. He was charged with two counts of simple battery.
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James spoke out after she was attacked by the crazed man. She hoped to use her experience to advocate for Black women.
“I am not only physically hurt, but I am emotionally hurt that I was left to defend myself even as I was surrounded by my co-workers,” James said in a press release sent to Blavity in January.
“I am so grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from all around the country. I am aware this type of violence happens to women, especially Black women, every day. For me, this was the last straw. I am committed to using the horrible experience as means to fight for justice, not only for myself but for women and stopping violence against women.”
WTSP reports Taylor is not allowed to contact either of his victims or go to the McDonald's where the assault occurred. A police report cited alcohol as a potential factor, but it wasn’t mentioned in court documents.
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