Charge dropped against NC hospital volunteer accused of racist tirade

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The attorney for a former North Carolina hospital volunteer whose racially tinged tirade was posted to YouTube says the charge against her has been dropped.

Authorities charged 68-year-old Donna Lorraine Bridger with misdemeanor simple assault for her confrontation with Isaiah Baskins at a hospital on April 14. Baskins said Bridger asked him if he had a job and if he knew what a job was and used the N-word. He recorded part of the confrontation and posted it online.

CAUTION: This video contains strong language some may find offensive

The Winston-Salem Journal reports attorney David Freedman said Baskins didn’t show up to a Forsyth County courtroom when the case was called Friday.

Freedman said Assistant District Attorney Harold Eustache made a motion to continue the case, but Judge Ted Kazakos denied the motion, and Eustache voluntarily dismissed the charge.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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