She brings it down onto the black woman's back, repeatedly, as the woman flees from the salon. The groups yell at each other, and one employee throws a liquid at the women. A bystander not involved in the brawl took the video. It is unclear which party started the fight.
The woman who initially posted video of the incident also said a patron refused to pay the salon because she felt the employee did not do a good job, prompting the fight. The women were dissatisfied with the service from the salon and ultimately, refused to pay $5 for a "f**ked up" eyebrow job.
One woman explained to the Times that the racial tensions underlying the incident had motivated the local community to come out in force: "The black community has been pushed aside for generations, and it just seems as if the longer time goes on, the more people think we're simply going to go away", said Alexis Regnier, a 33-year-old health worker from Midwood. "Share this cause the cops chose to arrest the black people but not the Chinese people who ganged up on them- hitting them like animals".
A salon worker, Huiyue Zheng, 32, was arrested charged with assault and weapon possession, according to police. She allegedly beat customer Christina Thomas with a broom, causing a laceration to Thomas' neck and injuring her back. She apparently punched and slapped someone, dragging them over the floor. Thomas declined medical attention, the station reported.
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Michael Lin of the Asian-run 888 Happy Red Apple Nails shop reportedly said he called cops, and it got physical when he had employees block the woman from leaving before officers arrived.
Over the weekend, Johnson organized a demonstration in front of the salon.
The salon, which was open for business Monday, eventually closed early with police escorting workers to a waiting van.