The New Jersey man arrested after a viral video showed him berating his neighbor with racial slurs final summer time is going through new fees of bias intimidation and harassment.
Edward Cagney Mathews, 45, left a threatening handwritten word on a Mount Laurel neighbor’s automobile and smeared feces on the car, prosecutors alleged in a press release Tuesday.
Charges had been filed after the FBI decided that the message was scrawled within the suspect’s handwriting.
Mathews is now going through a complete of twenty-two fees, together with felony mischief, possession of a weapon for an illegal objective, drug possession with intent to distribute, and stalking.
The suspect has been in Burlington County Jail since his July 5 arrest, and a grand jury is weighing an indictment in opposition to him.
Mathews, who’s white, was confronted by protestors at his house after a video confirmed him chest-bumping a black neighbor and yelling “learn your laws … this is not Africa … or wherever the f—k you were.”
Four of the protestors had been charged Tuesday with pepper-spraying Mathews and responding cops who confirmed as much as arrest him, in addition to damaging property and spitting at police, prosecutors stated.
“The outrage sparked by Mathews’ conduct on the viral video does not give permission to anyone to commit unprovoked assaults upon police officers or acts of vandalism,” Prosecutor Scott Coffina wrote.
Multiple complaints had been filed with Mount Laurel police about Mathews during the last 5 years, however he was by no means arrested till the July viral video, main some to allege the division was defending the suspect, officers stated.
Prosecutors investigated all the prior incidents reported in opposition to the suspect, and the police response, and located no situations of favoritism, the release stated.
However, prosecutors conceded that the division ought to have seemed on the sample of allegations in opposition to Mathews and never handled them on a case-by-case foundation.
“We empathize with the residents of Essex Place who were on the receiving end of Mathews’ conduct,” Coffina stated. “No one should have to endure racial harassment anywhere, but especially not in their own neighborhood and even in their own home.”