Racial intimidation in Conshohocken

August 5, 2009 8:13:08 AM PDT
A woman claims she has become a target of racial intimidation, and police are investigating a recent incident at her home as a hate crime.Paula Still's car is totaled, gutted by fire but even more damaging is the racial epithet scratched on it telling her and her family to leave the unit block of Maple Street in Conshohocken.

"I don't feel safe at all and I don't feel I have any protection."

Still says the racial intimidation has been going on for months. In May, her daughter opened the front door of their home only to find a bag of feces on fire.

"My 6 year old went to the door and the feces was actually burning in her face."

"All of this is uncalled for we don't do nothing on this block, nothing," said Mercedes Major, a family friend.

Conshohocken police are investigating the incident as a hate crime but so far have no suspects.

The Montgomery County Fire Marshal is expected to his release his findings on the charred SUV soon.

Neighbors tell Action News off camera, the Still home is a constant source of problems but they call the vandalized vehicle and racial epithet appalling.

Still admits she was cited for a nuisance violation, but all other criminal complaints were unfounded. She worries for her family's safety, and wants those responsible caught.

"I don't understand how anyone can treat someone like this, I don't."

Still believes it's getting to the point where she may have to move. But she doesn't want to give the racist perpetrators the satisfaction.

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