"It has destroyed my career": Army Sergeant Faces Felony Assault Charges For Defending Herself Against Racist Attacker

"It has destroyed my career": Army Sergeant Faces Felony Assault Charges For Defending Herself Against Racist Attacker

A road rage attacker had confronted the U.S Army sergeant Kai Waters earlier this year at a gas station.

A Fort Knox sergeant is taking action after not being charged for a crime that she says she did not commit. 
Sergeant First Class Kai Waters is facing a felony assault charge in connection with a road rage incident in Elizabethtown, Ky. that happened earlier this year. 

According to Atlanta Black Star, the incident had ended with Waters' arrest - because she had stabbed a woman who she claims had followed her to a gas station and attacked her. 
Waters, 33,  now claims to have proof that she was not the aggressor in the incident. 


While speaking to a local station Wave 3, Waters says that Elizabethtown police who arrived on scene assumed she was the attacker because of her age and race before looking at all the evidence. Even as the authorities paint her to be at fault, Waters says that she only acted in self-defense. 


“This whole situation has pretty much destroyed my whole career and my whole life,” she told the station. 
“I’m worried,” she said. “I’m concerned, I’m scared and I’m terrified.”
That’s because Waters now has a mugshot and a felony charge.


Around 5 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2019, Waters said she was headed home on Patriot Parkway. Waters said she noticed a woman driving aggressively behind her as well as another car and Waters said the woman clearly wanted them out of the fast lane. 
“She started honking her horn and pulled next to me,” Waters recalled. 


That’s when she said the woman rolled down her window and began hurling racial slurs at her. 
“She called me a black b—h, and said ‘your kind,’ “said Waters. “She said, ‘I’m so tired of your people’ and all this.” 

Waters said the woman bumped her car, forcing her to pull over at a busy gas station. Surveillance footage from the store shows the moment Waters pulls up with the other woman in hot pursuit. Waters was still in her car with the door open and had already dialed 911. 


She said that the call to the emergency line didn’t stop the woman from coming up to her car and assaulting her. 
“I told her you know I’m on the phone with the 911,” Waters told WAVE 3, recalling the encounter. “The operator can hear you.” 


When Waters felt that she facing a physical threat, she grabbed the knife gifted to her as a military honor and had to stab the woman in the leg to stop her. In the surveillance footage, the woman is seen continuing to go after Waters even after being injured. 

When the Elizabethtown police arrived on the scene, according to Waters, the police immediately assumed she was the attacker because of her age and race, and refused to hear her side of the story. Also, the white woman started crying out for help at the sight of the police arriving. 


“I thought hopefully, someone is going to listen to me, they’re going to get my story,” she said. “But that never happened.” 

A spokesperson for the Elizabethtown Police Department said their investigation is finished and that no comments will be made regarding Waters’ allegations of mistreatment. Now, it’s up to a grand jury to decide whether or not she’ll be indicted. 

“I trust that the grand jury would have a very difficult time indicting her (Waters) based on the conduct that is provable by the video,” Aldridge told the station. 


For now, she’s suspended from her job at Fort Knox while the case is pending and could face charges from the Army later. Still, Fort Knox leaders are standing by their soldier.

“SFC Waters is a professional and was chosen from our entire field to come to Fort Knox and represent our Corps after an intense vetting process,” Fort Knox Lt. Col. Alicia Masson said in a statement to WAVE 3. “She’s a trusted leader and this turn of events is in total contradiction to her performance and character.

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