- Mark Allen Bartlett was arrested in Miami on Monday and charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a licence.
- It came after video footage showed him shouting racial slurs at a group of young teens while carrying the gun.
- Bartlett says the gun wasn’t loaded and told a local news channel that he used the N-word because “black people use that word.”
- The teens were reportedly part of a Wheels Up, Guns Down demonstration that was protesting the construction of a housing development.
- Video footage shows Bartlett’s girlfriend yelling at the teens before Bartlett appeared.
A south Florida man was arrested on Monday after he was filmed confronting a group of young Wheels Up, Guns Down demonstrators with a gun while shouting the N-word.
Video appears to show that the confrontation in Miami started when a woman told the teens to get off the road as they blocked a bridge with their bicycles.
The woman, later identified by Local 10 as Dana Scalione, is seen in the footage claiming that someone ran over her foot with a bicycle wheel.
Her boyfriend, 51-year-old Mark Allen Bartlett, is then seen with a gun in hand, yelling racial slurs multiple times.
It is unknown what happened before and after what’s shown in the video, though video captures expletives from both sides.
This woman confronted a group of kids on bikes for blocking traffic while participating in a march on #MLKDay19
She lied & claimed her foot was ran over by a bike and her racist gun wielding boyfriend came to the rescue.
— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) January 22, 2019
Video of the incident was initially posted by the Florida activist movement, Dream Defenders, which said the teens were part of the Wheels Up, Guns Down demonstration and were protesting the redevelopment a public housing complex when they were confronted, Local 10 reported.
The video ends with Bartlett and Scalione walking away from the group.
Bartlett was later arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a licence.
According to the arrest report seen by CBS Miami, Bartlett admitted to pulling out the weapon, but claimed he did not point it at anyone.
Bartlett told Local 10 that he said the racial slurs out of anger.
“The reason why we use that word, the reason why Chinese people use the word, why Japanese people, European people, the reason why everybody uses that word is because black people use that word,” he told Local 10.
He also defended pulling out his gun, saying his girlfriend was outnumbered.
“Whether I have a gun on me or not, I’m running to see and to protect my family,” he said. “I had a gun though. It wasn’t loaded. I ran out there. You can see I never pointed it. I never threatened anybody. I just needed it in case something were to happen.”
Scalione said no one should be labelled a racist in the situation.
“I was called a white a– first. Nobody calls them racist,” Scalione told Local 10. “I was called a b—-. Nobody says they hate women. I’m called things that are derogatory to that person for one aspect of them. I’m a woman, they’re going to call me a bitch. I’m white, so they’re going to call me a white a–. I don’t believe they’re racist. I don’t believe they have a fundamental issue with a category of people. They’re angry with me. It’s situational.”
Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement on Tuesday that Bartlett would be prosecuted “to the fullest extent of the law.”
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