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Community Members Call For Brooklyn Nail Salon To Close Following Brawl

08 August 2018

The video was originally posted on Facebook by the witness. Police later arrived on the scene to arrest two of the salon's employees.

One of the workers in denim shorts starts to hit the customer repeatedly with a broomstick.

"What I'm here to do right now is to get justice for my 58-year-old mother, my 21-year-old daughter, that had acetone thrown on them and got beat with sticks like they are in the 1960s", Abby Moses, the mother of 21-year-old Christina Thomas-the customer involved in the fracas-said at the protest, according to the Times. Zheng was released from jail on her own recognizance after a hearing in Brooklyn Criminal Court, cops said.

Thomas was also arrested and charged with assault, menacing, and harassment.

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While many protesters said they sought to see the salon shut down, others also said their goal was to bring attention to mistreatment of black residents, specifically tensions between the Asian and black communities, The New York Times reported. Thomas says that when she refused to pay for the eyebrow job that she thought was done poorly, an argument ensued and escalated.

Christina Thomas said she received a botched eyebrow wax at a nail salon in NY, so she refused to pay for it on Friday afternoon.

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office says prosecutors are examining more video evidence and may alter the charges. Thomas refused medical treatment, according to police.

The customer's grandmother was hit with a broom handle after the dispute inside New Red Apple Nails.

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"I'm expecting justice, but most of all I'm expecting black people to learn that when these business don't respect you, you don't spend your money with them", one protester, Tionna Smalls, told ABC7 NY.

One outraged woman, Jasmine Johnson, shared footage of herself taking part in a protest outside the salon, which reportedly forced it to close for the day.

Meanwhile, surveillance video obtained by the New York Daily News showed an employee walking up to two women with two fellow staffers standing behind him - both of them holding brooms. "Shut them down, and they need to be arrested for gang assault".

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Community Members Call For Brooklyn Nail Salon To Close Following Brawl