CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Racist rant on Bay Area freeway

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A confrontation between two drivers on a Bay Area freeway ends with one driver calling the other the N-word. 

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video and posted on Twitter. 

It has been viewed more than 100,000 times. 

In the video, you see a white woman using foul language and making obscene hand gestures. 

Then she drops the N-word. 

“It actually made me upset. If anyone has seen the video, I was kind of shocked that she went along and said that,” said Marshaunte Farris, road rage racial slur victim. 

Farris was in the passenger seat recording the video. 

Her boyfriend Shamiek Sheppard was behind the wheel. 

The incident happened Monday around 10 a.m. on eastbound I-80 freeway. 

Farris picks it up from there. 

“I was coming from Vallejo. I have what is called Crohn’s disease and I have to go get infusions there still. It has to be every two weeks certain times and certain dates. We were coming back from that and as we were leaving Richmond to go through Emeryville to get back to Oakland, she just started tripping,” said Farris. 

Sheppard says he was driving in the carpool lane when it happened. 

“I switched lanes. Then I see her speed up in the rear view mirror. Then I see her swerve into the next lane and I wasn’t thinking nothing of it and then she came and cut me off kind of aggressively. She is slamming on her breaks. You know that can cause an accident or something,” said Sheppard. 

KRON4 asked him if the woman got in front of him and started hitting her breaks. 

“Yes and I was like wow ‘what are you doing this is crazy.’ I tried to switch the lane trying to get away from her and she swerved the lane and cut me off again. I switched back into the other lane and now we are on the side of each other and she started screaming at me out the side of her window, you feel me, racial slurs and stuff like that and now I am just like ‘wow you really doing this on the freeway right now,'” Sheppard said. 

Farris tweeted the video from her Twitter account. 

In the first two days the video has been viewed 130,000 times. 

The tweet included the license plate number of the vehicle. 

It didn’t take long for the Twitterverse to identify the woman behind the wheel. 

KRON4 has learned that she was an employee at a major investment bank and financial services company with offices in the Bay Area. 

A representative for that company told KRON4 the following: 

“The behavior reflected in the video is completely inconsistent with our values and the individual involved is no longer employed by the firm.”

“You know, I gain nothing from her losing her job. I just wanted to post the video, hoping that it would go viral so we could make an example that this is not okay to treat people like that… she could have killed us,” said Farris. 

The couple made an official report with the California Highway Patrol.

The incident is currently under investigation.

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