Charleston police have arrested a man after he used derogatory and racist language when speaking with veteran WBTV news reporter Steve Crump.
Crump and his cameraman were standing next to the station van and preparing to cover the impending arrival of Hurricane Matthew when Virginia native Brian Eybers — who was making a video of the area — began talking about Crump.
“He was doing commentary of the neighborhood,” Crump said to the Charlotte Observer. “Then he starts off saying, ‘There’s a black guy walking around here, no he’s a slave, no he’s the n-word.’”
WBTV cameraman Devin Futrelle then began recording a tense discussion between Eybers and Crump. When Crump and Futrelle tried to leave the area, Eybers physically blocked the news van and prevented them from leaving.
Crump and Futrelle then called the police, who arrived just moments later.
Police arrested Eybers for disorderly conduct, and when he was booked, officers allegedly found him in possession of a crack pipe.
Eybers spent 14 days in jail until he appeared in court last Friday. The 21-year-old was ordered to spend seven days on house arrest and mandated to enroll in a drug treatment program. While in court, he also apologized to Crump.
“I accept your apology,” said Crump, who was in the courtroom while Eybers was ordered.
Eybers will attend another hearing on November 21 to review his progress.
(Photo: WBTV 3)