Black Pastor Was Arrested After Calling Cops On White People Threatening Him

Artivia Tahir

A sheriff apologizes after arresting a black pastor who called 911 on a group of white people threatening him

A Virginia sheriff has apologized to a black pastor who was arrested when he called the police on a group of white people who threatened to kill him after attempting to dump a refrigerator on his property, according to CBS News.

  • Pastor Leon K. McCray Sr. described the ordeal during a sermon, calling the incident the "most humiliating, dehumanizing, damning and violating event of my life."
  • He detailed going to his apartment in Edinburg, Virginia, and finding a man and a woman attempting to dump a refrigerator in the dumpster. The pair grew upset when he asked them to leave and came back with three more people.
  • McCray said the group was “attacking him physically, saying ‘they don't give a darn’ about ‘my black life and the Black Lives Matter stuff,’ and telling him they would ‘kill’ him.”
  • The pastor said the group only pulled back once he pulled out his legal concealed weapon.
  • McCray called 911, and the arriving deputies proceeded to take away his gun and handcuff him in front of the group, who continued to berate him with racial epithets.
  • He noted that he is “a pastor, a decorated 24-year Air Force master sergeant veteran, no criminal record,” and that the arrest "would not be tolerated if I was white.”

The group of five have since been charged with a hate crime and are being held without bond.

  • Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy Carter sat down with McCray a couple days after the incident and told him that the group was being charged and that he was urging a prosecutor to drop the weapons charge against McCray.
  • The sheriff said:

"As I told Mr. McCray, if I were faced with similar circumstances, I would have probably done the same thing. I want the people of Shenandoah County to know that I and the sheriff's office staff appreciate and care about the minority communities, and especially our black community.”

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