Edward Cagney Mathews, the white man who was recorded on video harassing, yelling racist epithates and spitting on his Black neighbors in New Jersey, has reportedly been arrested.
CBS Philadelphia reports that Mathews was led out by police Monday evening (July 5) after hundreds gathered at his residence on Monday to demand accountability for his actions.
"Now, what I did was not acceptable. It's completely wrong," Mathews was seen saying in another video taken by a protester yesterday prior to his arrest.
Mathews had told a neighbor recording his racist rant of his address, which led to the protesters gathering at his home. He had been charged with harassment and bias intimidation but allowed to return home, angering demonstrators.
“A judge decided that they should be on a summons so that evening, Mr. Mathews was released,” Mount Laurel Police Chief Steve Riedener told CBS Philadelphia.
Monday afternoon protesters arrived at his home demanding his arrest. Neighbors said he had continually harassed them over their skin color. “He used a BB gun to shoot their windows out, he smeared dog feces all over their car,” a neighbor said. Another said he had kicked her door down and vandalized her car. New video was turned in that moved police to add more charges, including assault.
Despite pleas from many community members some younger people have been throwing objects at suspects house. With Matthews removed from the home crowd has moved back. pic.twitter.com/VYJcgMVrt7— Alexandria Hoff (@AlexandriaHoff) July 5, 2021
After a New Jersey man’s racist tirade against his Black neighbor was caught on video, dozens of protesters pulled up in his South Jersey neighborhood and the whole situation is going viral.
On Friday (July 2), 45-year-old Edward Cagney Matthews was recorded arguing with his neighbor in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey as he spat on him and yelled racial slurs during a six-minute rant. According to Fox 29, Matthews turned his anger toward police officers after they showed up, responded to a call about the incident.
Matthews was also recorded on video giving out his home address. After the video went viral on Monday, dozens of people gathered outside Matthews’ residence.
"The guy is off his rocker and they need to get him out. He cannot be racially harassing and assaulting people, spitting on people, busting down doors, breaking windows and writing white lives matter on stuff," stated protestor Aliya Robinson, according to the news station.
Robinson’s daughter Jazmyn says this isn’t the first time Matthews has harassed Black people in the area. He claims he tried to intimidate her at a different complex.
"When we first moved there, I guess he didn’t think minorities should live there, so he kicked my door in with my children there," Jazmyn explained.
Police have set up a command post as the crowd gathered outside Matthews’ home.
"The names he was using, the N-word, calling individuals monkeys, it’s just detestable. It’s really disgusting," protester Gary Frazier, Jr. said, according to Fox 29. "We need to come together and root the stuff out. How we going to fix things and allow this type of behavior?"
The Burlington County Times reports that Matthews has been charged with harassment and bias intimidation.
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