Spokane Police: Woman arrested for making homophobic slurs, threatening neighbor with taser

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Credit: Grant County Sheriff's Office

SPOKANE, Wash. — A 44-year-old woman is facing charges for reportedly yelling homophobic slurs at her neighbor, then threatening him with a taser.

Spokane Police said the incident started when a group of kids walked by the victim’s home and taunted his dog. The victim reportedly told the children to “just keep walking and go home.” That’s when the kids began yelling homophobic slurs and calling the man names, according to officers.

The victim said Jennifer Franks then intervened yelling “they’re just kids” and also made homophobic slurs.

The victim and witnesses reported that Franks then pulled out a taser, made it spark and began pointing it at the victim. One witness said Franks made homophobic comments, followed by “Oh, don’t worry, I have a taser if that *expletive* does anything.”

Franks was arrested for malicious harassment and weapon brandishing or intimidation. She was booked into the Spokane County Jail on those charges.