Carla Gentles wanted to take her customary morning walk on Friday with her husband, Democratic congressional candidate Karl Gentles.
He said he couldn't go because he was trying to settle on what to say publicly about the death of George Floyd that sparked protests in Phoenix and nationwide.
That's when Carla Gentles, a former Army reservist who is African American, went for a jog alone around their northwest Phoenix neighborhood. She said a white male shouted a racial slur at her from a passing dark, four-door Volkswagen.
Carla Gentles filed a police report detailing what she could of a matter she and her husband said is a low-priority concern for Phoenix police, especially as the city deals with the protests and tries to avoid the vandalism that followed a gathering in Scottsdale.
But it has also helped focus their view that America's reckoning on racial justice is far from over.
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