A niece of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was kicked off a plane in New Orleans last month after asking passengers she thought were Latinos if they were drug dealers, according to law enforcement authorities.
She then ‘bite, kick and spit at’ Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies who were trying to restrain her after the Thanksgiving Day incident at Louis Armstrong International Airport, the carrier said. word of the sheriff’s office, Jason Rivarde, to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Shannon Epstein, 25, was on her way to New Jersey on Nov. 24 when she asked a nearby family – whom she believed to be Latino – if they were “smuggling cocaine”, the newspaper reported.
Airline staff reportedly demanded that Epstein be removed from the plane as she became increasingly “irritated”, and the plane returned to the gate.
When deputies arrived, Epstein refused to come out into the terminal and when they tried to arrest her, she became “extremely combative”, Rivarde said.
During the ensuing scuffle, Epstein shouted that the deputies were going to lose their jobs or end up in prison, boasting that she was linked to powerful people and that her uncle is a friend of Donald Trump, Rivarde said. .
Six deputies were injured and treated at the scene by paramedics, the Times-Picayune reported.
Epstein was charged with six counts of assaulting a police officer, three of disturbing the peace and one of resisting arrest by force, Rivarde said. She posted $10,750 bail and was reportedly released from Jefferson Parish Correctional Facility later that day.
She is due in court on January 23.
Neither Shannon Epstein nor Chris Christie could be reached for comment on Saturday evening.