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Colombian Accuses Busan Police Of Discrimination After Costco Assault

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Chance Dorland
Written by Chance Dorland

Colombian Leo Mendoza has lived in South Korea for 16 years. He’s married to Korean & is a well known member of the Busan community for his work with a local dog shelter. Recently, he & his wife were shopping at Costco, & according to Mendoza, he was attacked by an older Korean man after a disagreement over how he & his wife spoke to the man’s family after their young daughter was almost hit by a car. After police arrived on the scene, it became clear to Mendoza that he & his wife’s request to file charges was not being taken seriously, & after several hours explaining their version of events to authorities at multiple police stations, the tables were turned as Mendoza’s attacker claimed he was the victim, & Leo was told by police he was being arrested for assault. He & his wife quickly tuned to Facebook to describe their version of events on a public post that quickly went viral, & Mendoza also spoke with Korea FM reporter Chance Dorland to tell his story & warn other foreigners in South Korea to not get involved in other people’s affairs as racism & police discrimination will likely cause foreigners to lose their rights. Find more of Leo Mendoza’s version of events on his Facebook page here – https://www.facebook.com/shindogsleo/posts/10208301678881858.

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Chance Dorland

Chance Dorland

Chance is an American journalist and radio enthusiast from a 1,000 person town in Iowa. After studying radio journalism and media communication at Emerson College in Boston, he's lived in NYC, LA, Germany, Colombia and his adopted home of South Korea. Chance has a diverse background of experiences after working for Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla, OutQ News and SiriusXM Radio. He recently served in the U.S. Peace Corps where he taught English and hosted a bilingual radio program. You can find more of his projects at http://ChanceDorland.com.

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