Who is Julie Warland? Berkeley 'Karen' calls 911 on Black Amazon driver and spews N-word, faces hate crime charge
'What constantly was running through my mind was you know it could be me in handcuffs instead of her so no matter what the situation is, just protect yourself,' he said
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA: A Berkeley woman, 35, could be charged with hate crimes after she abused a Black Amazon delivery driver on April 18. Julie Walrand and her unnamed boyfriend are facing a string of charges such as false imprisonment, battery, using offensive words and willfully threatening a person.
According to reports, the woman called 911 on Kendall McIntosh, claiming he was speeding through the streets of North Berkeley. When he stopped to make a delivery, he was cornered by Warland who then launched into an abusive tirade, including using the N-word. "Very derogatory language, you know I was getting constant F-bombs thrown at me. I was getting just racially profiled from the jump," he told the press.
Police arrested Warland, but released her on April 19, with charges yet to be filed. She is the latest in an increasingly long list of people to be reported for hate crimes in the city. Here's everything we know about Warland and the vile incident.
Who is Julie Warland?
The 35-year-old lives on Delaware Street in Berkeley. Not much is known about Warland, as we couldn't find a Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn account linked to her. We couldn't find the name of her boyfriend, who is also accused of using racial slurs against McIntosh. At the time of reporting, Warland has not yet been charged, but the police have hinted that she could be. In a statement, Berkley Police Department said, "The Berkeley Police Department recognizes and places a high priority on the rights of all individuals guaranteed under state and federal law. The commission of a hate crime is a serious offense, which will not be tolerated in the City of Berkeley."
McIntosh told KRON 4, "I was just trying to do my job and she wouldn’t allow me to, she closed both double doors in the van I was trying to leave out of." Warland's boyfriend then stood behind the truck to prevent him from leaving. "His girlfriend also jumped inside my van as I was trying to back up and grabbing onto the steering wheel. She did that two times in a row," he added.
"What constantly was running through my mind was you know it could be me in handcuffs instead of her so no matter what the situation is, just protect yourself. If you feel like you have to videotape it or anything, definitely do that because I felt like if there wasn’t a video. [If] it wasn’t being recorded, she probably could’ve gotten away with saying this," McIntosh said. He added he was grateful for all the bystanders who recorded the incident.
As the scene played out, eyewitnesses began recording Warland's antics and called 911. At around 7:54 pm, cops responded to the calls and arrested Warland and her boyfriend.