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Woman Savagely Beaten By Muslim As Bystanders Do Nothing

A woman in New Jersey was savagely beaten by another woman because she thought she’d spread rumors about her.

The attacker, Latia Harris, believed that her victim, Catherine Ferreira, had been spreading rumors about her and her manager at McDonalds.

So she followed her out of the McDonald’s and down a walking path, berating her victim before attacking her. And the attack was vicious.

While the beating itself is indeed disgusting, the worst part of the altercation may be the fact that there were many witnesses – who did NOTHING.

In fact, they did worse than do nothing.

They stood by video recording the attack while “oohing and aahing” and even laughing as the mother of a small boy was horribly beaten.


Salem, New Jersey Chief of Police John Pelura said it best when he spoke to the inhumanity of the bystanders.

Catherine Ferreira2“There is a moral and social breakdown in the fabric of our society which is clearly evident when a woman gets pummeled in broad daylight in front of her child while a dozen people pull out their phones to record the incident instead of calling for help. There is so little regard for human life — by the actor and the bystanders.”

That is exactly the case, Chief Pelura.

In fact two different cultural breakdowns appear in this video.

The first is the beating of this woman at the hands of a practicing Muslim.

HarrisHarris, who is seen in a police photo wearing a hijab, or Muslim head covering, seemed completely comfortable while beating her victim. Could it be that Islam has made this type of violence, especially against women, normal?

We are seeing more and more of it around the country and in the Western world (not just in the Muslim world).

The second breakdown is of our society.

These bystanders are not in fear hiding in their apartments in the middle of a violent neighborhood. These are people out for a walk on a sunny afternoon.

They aren’t cowering from the attacker, but cheering her on.

Has society at large already fallen this far? Have we as a people become this depraved and monstrous? It would seem the problem is far more prevalent than we may have realized.

It makes me sad for my children and for my country.



Here is video of the actual assault. Please be warned that this video is hard to watch and contains some pretty horrible material.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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