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NJ man who hurled slurs at neighbor hit with more charges

NJ man who hurled slurs at neighbor hit with more charges

The white New Jersey man who was caught on camera hurling racial slurs at his black neighbor will be hit with new charges in connection to the belligerent episode, prosecutors said.

Edward Cagney Mathews, 45, will face charges of bias intimidation and assault after a video of the racial tirade sparked protests over the weekend outside his home in Mount Laurel, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott A. Coffina said.

“I want to especially commend the victim who showed incredible restraint with somebody spewing awful, vile things in his face. Assaulting him,” Coffina said Monday evening at a press conference, NBC Philadelphia reported.

“That’s the subject of the additional charge today. That was on video.”

The Mount Laurel police said Mathews was initially charged with harassment and bias intimidation after a woman told authorities he was continuously harassing her, the Burlington County Times reported.

The latest charges stem from footage of the other confrontation on Friday in which Matthews repeatedly approaches a black man’s doorstep and gets into his face — and at one point, bumps him with his chest.

Police escort Edward Cagney Mathews
Police escort Edward Cagney Mathews through a crowd of people who had gathered outside his Mount Laurel, NJ, home.
Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP

In the footage of the incident, Mathews can be heard telling the unidentified neighbor to “learn your laws.”

“This is not Africa … or wherever the f—k you were,” Mathews allegedly says to the man.

“I was born in America,” his neighbor responds, “and I don’t give a s–t about you.”

Edwards repeatedly called the man the n-word and a “monkey” during the confrontation — and gave out his address to the person filming him and challenged them to visit.

Three days later, demonstrators gathered outside his door for multiple hours, chanting, “We want Edward!,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Other neighbors, including Jazmyn Jene, claimed that Matthews had also subjected them to harassment.

“He made threats, filed false complaints, tried to pin people against me constantly HARASSED ME,” she wrote on Facebook.

“Tried to force me to drop charges, spray painted my car… He KICKED IN MY DOOR with numerous people present.”

He was arrested Monday by officers who escorted him through the crowds as he was pelted with water bottles, the outlets reported.

Neighbor Jazmyn Jene said in a Facebook post that Edward Cagney Mathews kicked in her door.
Neighbor Jazmyn Jene said in a Facebook post that Edward Cagney Mathews kicked in her door.
Jazmyn Jene Facebook
Jazmyn Jene said Matthews constantly harassed her.
Jene said Matthews constantly harassed her.
Jazmyn Jene Facebook

Matthews has denied that he was a racist and apologized for Friday’s confrontation.

“I certainly wasn’t expecting an encounter like that and certainly wasn’t expecting to disrespect anybody,” Mathews told the Inquirer. “Let me be clear: That is no excuse for what I said, but I lost my temper.”

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