Local woman's car set on fire after she attended a local protest

Posted at 10:42 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 02:11:45-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Across the country, people are demanding for justice and an end to police brutality.

However, a local woman said she attended a peaceful protest in Bakersfield on Sunday night, but the following night her car was set on fire.

"I was standing up for what I believe in and what our community is coming together for and people don't like that. So people will do anything they can to stop you," Harris said.

Harris said she believes she is the victim of a hate crime.

"I came outside to my car and I was writing music like in my car," Harris said. "I came outside and then when I went back in the house, like 20 or 30 minutes later, our neighbor came knocking on the door and said somebody's car was on fire and it was my car."

The Kern County Sheriff's Department says deputies responded to this incident, and the county fire department arson unit is investigating this as an arson case and possible hate crime.

No suspects have been identified. If a suspect is identified, they could face felony arson and possibly hate crime charges.

"Most times when stuff like this happened, somebody has been threatened or somebody has been following them and they have a clue. I don't have a clue at all," Harris said. "I don't, I don't know. And the scary part about it is that I don't know who it is."

While Harris is upset that her first car is significantly burned, she said the outcome could've been much different.

"I'm alive and I wasn't in the car, but it's something to look out for," Harris said.