Hungarian camerawoman who was caught on video kicking Syrian refugees has been charged

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Nearly one year ago, Hungarian journalist Petra László became an unwanted viral star when footage of her kicking at Syrian refugees — including children — circulated on the internet. The resulting outrage, László would later say, "ruined" her life: she was fired from her job, became virtually unhireable anywhere else, received target of death threats from around the world, and turned into a symbol of violent intolerance towards Syrian refugees.

Now she's got criminal charges to add to the list.

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In this image taken from TV a Hungarian camerawoman, center left in blue, kicks out at a young migrant who had just crossed the border from Serbia near Roszke Hungary Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015. The camerawoman has been fired after she was caught on video kicking and tripping migrants entering Hungary across the border with Serbia. The N1TV Internet channel said their employee, widely identified in Hungarian media as Petra Laszlo, has been dismissed because she "behaved unacceptably" at a makeshift gathering point where police take migrants immediately after they enter Hungary near the village of Roszke.(Index.Hu. via AP) HUNGARY OUT
This video grab made on September 9, 2015 shows a Hungarian TV camerawoman kicking a child as she run with other migrants from a police line during disturbances at Roszke, southern Hungary. After the footage appeared, the camerawomen was fired on September 8 by N1TV, an internet-based TV station close to Hungary's far-right Jobbik party. The woman, later named as Petra Laszlo, can be seen tripping a man sprinting with a child in his arms, and kicking another running child in two separate incidents. The scenes took place as hundreds of migrants broke through a police line at a collection point close to the Serbian border where thousands have been crossing over each day for the past month. AFP PHOTO / INDEX.HU (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
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This video grab made on September 9, 2015 shows a Hungarian TV camerawoman kicking a child as she run with other migrants from a police line during disturbances at Roszke, southern Hungary. After the footage appeared, the camerawomen was fired on September 8 by N1TV, an internet-based TV station close to Hungary's far-right Jobbik party. The woman, later named as Petra Laszlo, can be seen tripping a man sprinting with a child in his arms, and kicking another running child in two separate incidents. The scenes took place as hundreds of migrants broke through a police line at a collection point close to the Serbian border where thousands have been crossing over each day for the past month. AFP PHOTO / INDEX.HU (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
This video grab made on September 9, 2015 shows a Hungarian TV camerawoman kicking a child as she run with other migrants from a police line during disturbances at Roszke, southern Hungary. After the footage appeared, the camerawomen was fired on September 8 by N1TV, an internet-based TV station close to Hungary's far-right Jobbik party. The woman, later named as Petra Laszlo, can be seen tripping a man sprinting with a child in his arms, and kicking another running child in two separate incidents. The scenes took place as hundreds of migrants broke through a police line at a collection point close to the Serbian border where thousands have been crossing over each day for the past month. AFP PHOTO / INDEX.HU (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
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Hungary filed charges against László on Wednesday, accusing her of disorderly conduct but stopping short of charging her with assault or a hate crime. According to Reuters, prosecutors did not see any evidence that the attack was racially motivated. They said that she merely kicked at a man running with a small child in his arms, and he tripped and fell as a police officer tried to restrain him. They also acknowledged that while she landed her kicks on a girl and another man, there was no "reasonable chance" that she could "cause injury."

László was filming Syrian refugees and migrants as they attempted to avoid police and run into Hungary. She later claimed that the kicks were in response to being scared as hundreds of migrants broke through police lines and some rushed towards her, and apologized for her actions. But a month after that, she was threatening to sue Facebook and the man she is now charged with kicking at but not actually tripping. László claimed that the man, who eventually made it to Spain with his family, where he works as a soccer coach, changed his story from blaming the police officer for tripping him to blaming her. Facebook, she said, was deleting groups that supported her but left up groups attacking her, even after she complained.

László said she planned to file the lawsuit once the criminal case against her had finished, and was considering moving to Russia.

The post That Child-Kicking Hungarian Camerawoman Has Been Charged appeared first on Vocativ.

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