A New Jersey man who was caught on video shouting racist insults and harassing his neighbors was arrested twice and charged with several hate crimes, with his second arrest coming as people staged an hourslong protest outside his home. The man, Edward Cagney Mathews, 45, has been the subject of numerous complaints from his neighbors in his Mount Laurel, N. But tension in the community reached a breaking point over the weekend when a video of Mr. Mathews, who is white, taunting and shouting racist slurs at Black neighbors went viral on Facebook.
The video, which was posted on Sundaybegins with another neighbor, Etchu Tambe, who is also Black, blocking Mr. Mathews from entering Mr. Mathews repeatedly closes the distance, going chest-to-chest with Mr. Tambe while attempting to goad him with racist slurs.
Mathews says as Mr. Tambe tells him to leave Mr. This is not Africa. An officer is seen arriving at the home shortly thereafter.
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As he approaches the house, Mr. Mathews can be heard continuing to shout. He and the officer appear to recognize one another. Mathews was arrested and charged with bias intimidation and harassment, and released hours later with a summons for a future court date. But community members, furious he was allowed to return home, took matters into their own hands. In the video of the incident, Mr. Hours later, Mr. Mathews was arrested on additional charges of bias intimidation and assault.
Members of the crowd cheered as officers escorted Mr. Mathews outwith some protesters throwing objects at police vehicles as they drove away.
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According to NJ. In a statement, Scott A. Coffina said. Mathews remains in custody and is awaiting a court appearance, set for later this week.
Information about a lawyer for Mr. Mathews was not immediately available. Several neighbors in Mount Laurel, a western New Jersey community near Philadelphia, expressed frustration to news outlets over what they said had been a lackluster response by the Police Department after multiple reports about Mr. Mathews, told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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Gardner confirmed that several complaints had been made about Mr. Mathews in the past. He also said the judge originally ased to Mr. The office also announced it would investigate how Mount Laurel police handled the incident that took place Friday. He also called for the township council to establish a diversity and inclusion board run by Mount Laurel residents.
Steglik said. Another video was posted Monday morning by Jazmyn Suszynski, 26, who said she used to live above Mr. Mathews in a different Mount Laurel condominium complex. Suszynski, who identifies as biracial, said she was Mr. That year was filled with relentless harassment from Mr. Mathews, she said, starting with her first night there, when she said he broke open her door and stormed inside to yell at her for making too much noise during her move.
He went on to harass her over how much noise her 6-year-old son would make, she said. He also harassed her brother and her nephew when they came to visit, she said, shouting racist slurs at them. Over the next year, Ms. Suszynski said, she filed at least four complaints against Mr. Mathews, all of which were taken to court.
But in Februaryshe said, all of her complaints were dismissed without prejudice. Suszynski said. In the video Ms. Suszynski posted, a man she identified as Mr. On Monday, Ms. Suszynski protested outside Mr. The mounting pile of complaints against Mr.