The City of Reno is condemning racial slurs and an alleged assault caught on video by an actor for the show “Motown The Musical.”
Elijah Ahmad Lewis said that he was physically assaulted and repeatedly called a “nigger” by an unidentified woman yesterday in downtown Reno.
A video he posted on Facebook does not show the whole encounter, but the woman is shown repeatedly calling Lewis names, and approaching him, as he appears to walk away from her. The video his embedded below.
Lewis said he originally tried to ignore the woman and was physically and verbally assaulted by her before he started recording the encounter on his phone.
The city issued a statement condemning the attack.
The City of Reno does not condone the behavior that is demonstrated in the video that was posted earlier today on Facebook by a “Motown the Musical” performer who is visiting Reno. The City of Reno embraces diversity and welcomes visitors.
If anyone has any information regarding the incident please contact Reno Police Department Detectives at 775-334-2188 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.
“Today was really an eye-opener,” Lewis said. “I’m fine, and I am okay.”
Many community members are also condemning the woman’s actions and are encouraging people to go see the musical in support of Lewis. The musical runs through Jan. 29, 2017 at the Pioneer Center. Information: http://www.motownthemusical.com/tour.php
UPDATE: Facebook deleted Lewis’ video, and he reposted it on Youtube. Watch it below.