Authorities have detained a white guy who was caught on camera abusing a Black neighbor and yelling racist insults in a viral video.
According to the Mount Laurel Police Department, Edward Cagney Mathews, 45, of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, was charged with harassment and bias intimidation after a lady accused him of “continually harassing” her.
After a big throng of protestors gathered outside his house on Monday evening, he was hauled into jail.
Outside a residence in Mount Laurel, roughly 20 miles east of Philadelphia, Mathews was seen repeatedly calling his neighbor the N-word and a “monkey.”
After a police officer arrived on the scene, Mathews can be heard giving his address multiple times before walking away.
According to the footage, Mathews responded, “Come f——— see me.”
What transpired before or after the video is unknown to CN News.
Source: Mt. Laurel Police
Dozens of protestors gathered outside Mathews’ townhouse Monday afternoon as police officers stood guard outside his door.
Several people in the big crowd had previously reported Mathews to police, which Mount Laurel Police Chief Stephen Riedener acknowledged, but claimed the charges were “either dropped or no reasonable cause was ever established.”
Mathews acknowledged using racial insults but denied being a racist.
He stated, “I’ve never been a racist. I’ve made errors and uttered racial insults in rage or when inebriated. I may be unable to empathize with people of race, but I am not a racist.”
“People are out here because they’re upset,” Marcus Sibley, a representative for the NAACP in Southern Burlington County, said in an interview with the TV station.
“They believed they could say the most heinous things to a Black person without fear of retribution.”
As he was brought out of his home and into a police cruiser about 7:30 p.m. Monday, protesters could be seen applauding and hurling items at cops and Mathews.
After examining footage of the event, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced during a press conference Monday evening that his office was also prosecuting Mathews with assault.
“I want to thank the victim in particular, who had great restraint in the face of someone spouting horrible, vile words,” Coffina said.
“The demonstrators have every reason to be outraged since this is heinous behavior.”
Coffina claimed demonstrators had destroyed Mathews’ neighbors’ property in a statement to CN News on Tuesday, adding that “it was regrettable that some participants in yesterday’s demonstration resorted to violence and the vandalism,” and that officials will evaluate evidence from the incident.
Ashley Gibbons, a neighbor who said she and her mother had been harassed, did not believe Mathews was apologetic.
Gibbons explained, “It was coming to him. And I have no regrets about today’s events. None.”
Mathews in a presser said, “I didn’t mean this. It was a mistake of judgment at a time when I was at my most vulnerable, and my rage got the best of me.”
The police department, on the other hand, stated that it “does not accept hatred or prejudice intimidation in any form.”
In a Facebook post, Mount Laurel police said, “This sort of behavior is completely unacceptable. We can promise our people that events like these will be properly investigated, and those who perpetrate such crimes will be held accountable.”
It was unknown whether Mathews had retained legal counsel. Attempts to reach him via phone on Tuesday were fruitless.
According to court documents, Mathews is being detained at the Burlington County Jail. Later this week, he is due to appear in court.
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