More than 100 protesters descended on the home of a Mount Laurel man on Monday after he was seen in a viral video using racial slurs.
The video shows Edward Cagney Matthews, 45, having a heated conversation with a neighbor, using multiple slurs and the word n as a police officer arrives. [You can watch the video at this link. WARNING: It is not censored for vulgar and profane language.]
Eventually, Matthews ran away, but not before giving his address. If he invited a demonstration, he certainly got it.
Many protesters wore Black Lives Matter shirts and hats and carried banners.
Community members say Matthews is known for this kind of behavior. 6ABC reports that police confirm they obtained previous reports about him. A woman claims he vandalized houses.
Mount Laurel Police posted details of the initial incident on Facebook and asked anyone else who may have had an altercation with Matthews to contact them.
As protesters chanted outside, video of the scene shows Matthews coming out of his home to try to address them. He was greeted by police at his front door and quickly escorted inside.
Based on the original viral video, police charged Matthews with intimidation and harassment. NJ.com reports that he will face additional charges for spitting at the person he was harassing.
As Matthews was whisked away from his home by officers and placed in a police car, some of the protesters threw plastic water bottles and spilled pepper spray and smashed the windows of Matthews’ apartment.
Speaking to reporters on Monday evening, Police Chief Steve Riedener said his department would review video footage from the scene to investigate the property damage.
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