A woman was punched in the face and left a Target store in cuffs after she allegedly became aggressive asking for “reparations” for her $1,000 grocery bill. Karen Ivery visited a store in Blue Ash, Ohio, and racked up a pretty hefty tab. However, she wanted the store to cover the costs and requested the manager come over “so we could have a larger conversation about how money works, and how the provision works, and how it’s been working in our community in a very wrong way.” Unfortunately, her “Rosa Parks moment” was cut short by Target security guard Zach Cotter.
Ivery is said to have become “aggressive” toward the manager and was continually “berating her about reparations and her privileged life,” according to a police report obtained by The Post. That’s when Cotter, a loss prevention officer at the store, stepped in and tried to calm things down. Unfortunately, the situation escalated from there.
Ivery then followed Cotter to his office, and when he tried to shut the door, she forced her way in. According to Cotter, he was unable to exit the office as she was standing in his way. So, he punched her in the face in “self-defense” to subdue her. He hit Karen Ivery with such force, she fell to the floor, as seen in surveillance footage from the Target store.
The Blue Ash Police Department was then called out to the store to intervene in the situation. They sided with Cotter (and Target) and dubbed Ivery the “aggressor.” Her arrest report stated she was “confrontational with officers on the scene and didn’t want to explain her actions.”
Karen Ivery was put in jail for a day and was fined $110 for disorderly conduct. Zach Cotter did not face any consequences, as authorities seemed to believe his actions were justified.