“SouthPark Susan” sentenced to probation and meetings to analyze white privilege

Susan Westwood pled guilty to charges on Wednesday and will not face jail time. She was dubbed “SouthPark Susan” after video of her harassing two Black women went viral.

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Susan Westwood turned herself into authorities a week after video went viral of her racial rant against two Black women in south Charlotte. Photo credit: CMPD

Susan Westwood, aka “SouthPark Susan,” pled guilty in court Wednesday to charges stemming from last year’s viral video of her harassing two Black women outside of a south Charlotte apartment complex.

Westwood garnered national attention when video surfaced of her racially charged rant directed toward sisters Leisa and Mary Garris as they waited for AAA in the parking lot of the Camden Fairview apartments on October 19, 2018.

On Wednesday, Westwood pled guilty to misuse of the 911 system and two counts of simple assault. She was sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay court costs, according to Meghan McDonald, community liaison coordinator for the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office.

Judge Donald Cureton ordered Westwood to participate in community support meetings and “any after-care alcohol programs recommended as a result of her substance abuse assessment.”

The judge also ordered Westwood to actively participate in meetings of the White People Caucus, a group created by Organizing Against Racism where participants “examine and deconstruct internalized racial superiority and develop a deeper awareness of the power and privilege.” She’s also required to attend an October conference hosted by Race Matters for Juvenile Justice.

Westwood is ordered to have “no contact with the victims unless that contact is in the realm of a therapeutic or legal setting.”


Katrina Louis is managing editor of qcitymetro.com who can always find something to do in Charlotte. She’s an offline hustler (and has the shirt to prove it) but when online, find her on Instagram and Twitter.

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