Protesters Turn Up At Man’s House After He Yells ‘Come See Me’ In Racist Rant
Dozens of protestors have agreed to a man's taunt to come to his home while he spewed a racist tirade against his neighbour.
A video of Edward Cagney Mathews yelling at a black man in New Jersey went viral on social media.
The clip saw Mathews use racial slurs against the man, however it's unclear what provoked the rant.
A police officer arrived during the encounter, however Mathews was heard calling the cop 'whitey' and alleged he had 'no jurisdiction here' because it was private property and returned to dishing out more racist slurs to his victim.
But the man also yelled his address and looked directly at the person filming the incident to 'come f**king see me'.
Due to the viral nature of the video, loads of people took that as an actual invitation and rocked up to his place to protest against the things he said.
At least 150 people turned up in Mount Laurel carrying signs, sporting megaphones and leading chants against Mathews' racist remarks. They yelled 'come outside' and 'we want Edward' as police were called in to control the escalating situation.
One protestor said: "This is America, we all live here, we cannot put up with this."
Another added: "He said to pull up. We pulled up. We're not going to tolerate this anymore."
Eventually, Mathews was escorted from his home and was taken into custody. He's since been charged with fourth-degree bias intimidation and trespassing, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Mt. Laurel Police has issued a statement explaining how and why it acted on Mathews' video.
"The Mount Laurel Police Department does not tolerate hate or bias intimidation in any form. This type of behavior is totally unacceptable," the department wrote in a Facebook post.
"We can assure our residents that incidents like this are thoroughly investigated and that those who commit such offenses will be held accountable for their actions."
Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said additional charges, including assault, have been filed.
"I want to especially commend the victim who showed incredible restraint with somebody spewing awful, vile things in his face. Assaulting him. That's the subject of the additional charge today. That was on video." Mr Coffina said.
Other neighbours in the area and people who used to live near the man have since spoken out about allegations he harassed them on multiple occasions. Mathews has denied those claims.
He's told the Inquirer that his comments in the viral video weren't racial slurs and was shocked to see so much community anger against him.
"I certainly wasn't expecting an encounter like that and certainly wasn't expecting to disrespect anybody. Let me be clear: That is no excuse for what I said, but I lost my temper," Mathews said.
"Anybody that knows me know that I just talk like this."