Attacked Olympian Kim Glass vows to maintain harmful felons behind bars

Attacked Olympian Kim Glass vows to maintain harmful felons behind bars

Brutally injured Olympian Kim Glass has stated getting nearly blinded by a homeless man in Los Angeles has compelled her to turn out to be an “agent of change” to cease violent criminals from being left free to strike once more.

“You guys are solely listening to actually about me as a result of I’m an Olympian,” the silver-medal-winning volleyball participant stated Wednesday concerning the highlight on her ordeal.

But the actual subject, she confused, was that the man charged with flinging a 10-inch metal bolt at her face was free on parole regardless of having “assaulted many individuals earlier than.”

Olympian Kim Glass promised to be an “agent of change” after getting attacked by a homeless particular person in Los Angeles.
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Glass was nearly blinded in the brutal attack.

Glass was almost blinded within the brutal assault.
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Suspect Semeon Tesfamariam was out on parole despite previous assaults.
Suspect Semeon Tesfamariam was out on parole regardless of earlier assaults.
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“And he’s violated probation, and he’s violated paroles … and [he’s still] doing the identical factor,” she stated of Semeon Tesfamariam, 51, who officers confirmed had twice been convicted of felony assaults.

“But you guys didn’t hear from his former victims. And you guys haven’t heard from the opposite victims of the opposite assaults which were occurring — repeatedly occurring — within the metropolis,” she stated of L.A.

“So they have to be vindicated. And we will’t drop the ball on this,” she stated in an emotional nearly six-and-a-half-minute long video.

Glass said people are only hearing about her assault because she was an Olympic athlete.
Glass stated individuals are solely listening to about her assault as a result of she was an Olympic athlete.
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The deal with her nightmare ordeal has left her decided to be an “agent of change” who will “get up for the victims of those crimes and clear our streets,” she stated.

“Because it’s actually clear that issues have to vary. That’s evident,” she stated, revealing that a few of L.A.’s “political leaders have reached out” to her, with out figuring out whom.

“I simply I don’t need this to occur anyone else,” she stated.

Without that change retaining harmful felons behind bars, “we’re placing our residents, our healthcare employees, our cops — everybody — in hurt’s manner,” she stated.

Glass showing the extent of her injuries on Instagram.
Glass displaying the extent of her accidents on Instagram.
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Glass posted a picture of herself getting stitches following the attack.
Glass posted an image of herself getting stitches following the assault.
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“We’re letting our society down. And we’re additionally letting individuals like [her attacker] down, as a result of he doesn’t belong to the streets.”

L.A. County District Attorney George Gascon — who’s dealing with recall efforts over his soft-on-crime reforms — confirmed that Tesfamariam “has a troubling history of attacking apparently random people with harmful weapons.”

Gascon stated he efficiently petitioned to lastly get him detained “to guard the general public.” However, he famous that Tesfamariam is likely to be shall be declared unfit to face trial, the place he faces as much as 11 years for felony assault with a lethal weapon.

Glass stated Thursday that her attacker is clearly “not mentally nicely.”

“I do really feel for him quite a bit,” she stated. But “feeling for someone and holding them accountable doesn’t need to be mutually unique,” she confused.

Glass said her attacker "doesn't belong to the streets."
Glass stated her attacker “doesn’t belong to the streets.”
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“He must be off the streets. And I hope that he will get the complete 11 years — after which some — and I hope whereas he’s doing it that he will get assist,” she stated.

Glass, who has appeared in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue in addition to ESPN’s The Body Issue, joked that her fractured eye had made her “appear like ET.”

By Wednesday, she was lastly capable of open it once more, with the deep black bruising additionally beginning to fade barely.

Her assault was simply the most recent instance of violence and decay from mentally unwell individuals being left homeless on the streets of LA — a disaster that has seen many fleeing the California metropolis.

The “Recall George Gascon” marketing campaign final week offered greater than 717,000 signed petitions within the hope of triggering a vote to unseat the controversial prime prosecutor blamed for placing offenders’ freedom over residents’ security.



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