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Man says video of woman's racist rant saved him from arrest

Screenshot of the video posted by Dantzler Screenshot of the video posted by Dantzler
Dantzler spoke to WMBF News from Wisconsin. Dantzler spoke to WMBF News from Wisconsin.
Tara Belcher was arrested and charged with assault and battery, third degree. (Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department) Tara Belcher was arrested and charged with assault and battery, third degree. (Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department)
Dantzler says Belcher grabbed him by his dreadlocks and ripped them out. (Source: Jermarro Dantzler) Dantzler says Belcher grabbed him by his dreadlocks and ripped them out. (Source: Jermarro Dantzler)
Photo of the dreads that Dantzler says Belcher ripped out. (Source: Jermarro Dantzler) Photo of the dreads that Dantzler says Belcher ripped out. (Source: Jermarro Dantzler)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - For the first time, two weeks after Bikefest, a Wisconsin man is sharing why he decided to share an alarming video, showing a woman yelling, ranting, and using racial slurs, particularly the “n-word,” before she spits in his face and then allegedly attacks him.

Jermarro Dantzler, 22, of Wisconsin, said he was in Myrtle Beach for Memorial Day Weekend. He told WMBF News he was at a Rent Me Scooter Store on North Ocean Blvd. when he witnessed an employee of the store, later identified as 28-year-old Tara Belcher, in a heated argument with a customer.

According to a Myrtle Beach police report, the incident happened on May 25. The woman seen in the video yelling the racial slurs and using profanity was Belcher.

The police report states Belcher told the officer she was fired from the store after the altercation; she then left the store, and walked across the street to a nearby resort parking lot to wait for a ride.

According to Dantzler, after Belcher left, he decided to talk to her to ask why was she using derogatory words.

In the video, you can hear Dantzler say, "But you called that man the n-word."

Belcher replied, "Because he's a [n-word], a filthy, [expletive] [n-word].”

Later in the video, you see Belcher on her cell phone asking someone to hurry up because "this filthy [n-word] is filming me."

Seconds later, you see Belcher spit into Dantzler's face; he said he retaliated by slapping her.

Dantzler said he originally wanted to record the woman so he could show her employer her behavior.

"So I wanted to record and get that on camera so I can show perhaps her supervisor or someone above her, the type of person that she was and the character that she was displaying at the time," Dantzler explained.

He said once he saw the video, he also felt it was important to show the type of behavior that happens in the community, when he says the Bikefest event is always getting the negative attention.

The police report states Belcher called police after the incident and reported that a black male, described as Dantzler, assaulted her, stole her purse and phone, and took off on a motorcycle.

But in the video, you see that she was talking on her phone at the time the incident happened. The police report states the officer noted Dantzler did not have Belcher's phone in his possession and that Belcher's credibility was seriously damaged based on what she had originally reported.

According to the report, Belcher also told the officer, the male came up to her and was recording her on his phone. She said the black male, which would be identified as Dantzler, spit and punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground.

The report also states, that an officer stopped Dantzler on his motorcycle. Dantzler said he was handcuffed and was going to be charged for strong-armed robbery. But he said that once the officer saw the video, it became his proof that he was a victim and not suspect.

"Once they had seen the video they seen that story that she told them was not the truth," said Dantzler.

According to Dantzler, those with him told officers what happened.

Dantzler added, "They allowed me to show them the video from my phone while I was handcuffed and once the officer saw the video he removed the handcuffs off me."

Belcher was later arrested and charged with assault and battery third degree, and possession of marijuana. Dantzler said he couldn't believe her actions and the incident has been traumatizing.

"I could not sleep, I could not get comfortable, I kept envisioning these acts, and the side of my hair, my dreadlocks were ripped out of my scalp, so my head was very sore," he said. "Driving 17 hours back home that is all I could think about."

WMBF News reached out the owner of Rent Me Superstore for comment, the owner Ben Robinson said, he was not pleased with what he saw in the video. Robinson said Belcher was immediately terminated before the video was recorded because of the argument she prior to the encounter with Dantzler.

Robinson said his company does not tolerate discrimination, and added her actions do not reflect their company, which is why she was terminated to begin with.

Meanwhile, Dantzler said he has not heard from the company, in reference to an apology about the incident.He also said at the time it was Belcher's word against his, and he wonders if he had not recorded the video, would there have been a different outcome.

"Had I not had this video, had my phone not been recording, I would possibly be in jail right now for strong armed robbery," Dantzler said.

WMBF News reached out to Belcher to get her side of the story, but have not heard back as of news time.

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