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Pennsylvania lieutenant governor's family will not seek prosecution of woman who called second lady a racial slur

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Gisele Fetterman, Second Lady of Pennsylvania, shares her support for the 2020 Census during an Erie County Town Hall meeting inside Hirt Auditorium at Blasco Library in Erie, Pa., on Feb. 12, 2020. Fetterman is wife of Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman. (AP Photo/Erie Times-News, Greg Wohlford)

The family of Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman will not seek prosecution against a woman who called second lady Gisele Barreto Fetterman a racial slur outside a grocery store Sunday, the Pennsylvania State Police said Thursday.

John Fetterman will not seek prosecution against a woman who called second lady Gisele Barreto Fetterman a racial slur outside a grocery store Sunday, the Pennsylvania State Police said Thursday.

Though the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office determined that the woman's alleged conduct supports the "charging of several violations," the Fetterman family prefers "the woman be given an opportunity to engage appropriate social services and other resources," state police said in a news release.

State police said this week they had identified the woman, but they did not release her name.

The Brazilian-born Fetterman, 38, who fled the violence of Rio de Janeiro in 1990 and grew up in New York, told CNN a White woman harassed her inside the store and later approached her vehicle, pulled down her mask and delivered the epithet before walking away.

Fetterman posted a two-second video of the incident to Twitter.

The Pennsylvania State Police is committed to fair and thorough investigations and encourages victims to immediately report crimes motivated by hate or bias to law enforcement," state police said in the news release.

Fetterman met then-Braddock Mayor John Fetterman in 2007, and they married the following year.

Since moving to Pennsylvania, Gisele Fetterman has developed a record of helping others, including the impoverished, immigrants, LGBT, minorities, imprisoned and the hungry.

John Fetterman was elected lieutenant governor last year.

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