White Man Brandishes Rifle As He Accuses Black Bikers Of Being On ‘Private’ Road

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Sarah Shaiman

Dennis Lee Berry was charged with five misdemeanors and his rifle was confiscated as evidence.

A white Virginia man has been charged with multiple misdemeanors after brandishing a firearm at four black bikers for being on a “private” road, according to a Newsweek report.

  • Dennis Lee Berry, 45, pointed the rifle at the bikers while they were riding through the neighborhood. The Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office issued a statement saying the bikers overlooked a “Private Road No Trespassing” sign. 
  • The four bikers repeatedly questioned Berry as to why their accidental trespassing warranted having the assault rifle pointed at them.
  • Berry was charged with five misdemeanor counts because he aimed the rifle at unarmed men who were not trespassing on his private property. 
  • One of the victims can be heard saying in the video, “I used to live down the street. So why are you pointing a gun at us?”

One of the men identified himself as a federal officer and said Berry would “definitely go to jail” for shooting at him. Berry repeatedly accused the men of stopping at a “private drive.” 

Berry was released on $5,000 bond, but his rifle was confiscated as evidence. The Class 1 misdemeanor could result in a $2,500 fine and up to a year in prison. 

One of the bikers can sarcastically be heard saying “racism is not alive in the United States.” While Berry did use profanity to refer to the bikers,he did not explicitly use racial slurs. 

Read more here. 

Comments (1)
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Though reprehensible, racism typically is linked to the beholder’s own rearing in a racist environment.
Conversely, at an impressionably young age, I was emphatically told by my mother about the exceptionally kind and caring nature of our black family doctor. She never had anything disdainful to say about people of colour. She only saw/sees what is in one’s heart.
If she’d told me the opposite about the doctor, I could’ve aged while blindly linking his colour with an unjustly cynical view of him and all black people.
When angry, my (late) father occasionally expressed displeasure with Anglo immigrants, largely due to his own experiences with bigotry as a new Canadian citizen in the 1950s and ’60s.
He, who like Mom emigrated from Eastern Europe, didn’t resent non-white immigrants, for he realized they had things at least as bad. Plus he noticed – as I also now do – in them an admirable absence of a sense of entitlement.
Thus, fortunately, I reached adulthood unstricken by uncontrolled feelings of racial contempt seeking expression.
Not as lucky, some people – who may now be in an armed authority capacity – were raised with a distrust or blind dislike of other racial groups.
Regardless, those with racist sentiments must either suppress or professionally deal with them – for they do harm to those unjustly exposed to their racism, including their own susceptible children.

(Frank Sterle Jr.)

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