On April 17, cellphone footage of an Ohio man threatening to shoot a black woman with an assault rifle landed online. Now, James Rhodes, the man seen in the video, has been charged with a hate crime and a motion has been filed to evict him from his home.
According to court documents, the 53-year-old resident of Stow, Ohio, has been charged with aggravated menacing (a first-degree misdemeanor) and ethnic intimidation (a felony). Rhodes pleaded not guilty and was released from custody after posting a $10,000 bond.
The clip shows Rhodes exiting his vehicle and approaching Kiauna Larkins. In an interview with CBS News, Larkins said she was delivering a Door Dash order to an apartment complex when the verbal attack began. Larkins’ 3-year-old child was with her at the time.
Larkins said she had driven her car around Rhodes and when she got out, he immediately began yelling.
In the video, Rhodes introduced himself as a racist before threatening to shoot Larkin.
“Yeah, and I’m racist, I’m a racist m——r,” he said in the clip. “I got an AK-47 right now in my f—– car. I’ll blow your f—-g head off.”
John Pribonic, The Mayor of Stow, said Rhodes’ hateful words and actions served as a poor representation of the city.
“The community that I know and love absolutely condemns the behavior displayed on the video and, instead, chooses the principles of kindness, tolerance, and inclusivity to guide our daily actions and beliefs,” Pribonic said.
“Let me be clear—there is no place for violence, racism, or intolerance in the City of Stow.”
Rest In Peace: Daunte Wright Is Laid To Rest After Moving Funeral In Minneapolis
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"My son should be burying me," Daunte Wright's mother breaks down in tears at her son's funeral.— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 22, 2021
"My son had a smile that was worth a million dollars. When he walked in the room, he lit up the room ... He was loved by so many. He's going to be so missed." pic.twitter.com/DFkV1t9xqU
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"I love my little brother to death," Daunte Wright's older brother Dallas speaks at his brother's funeral service.— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 22, 2021
"He was the life of the party. Anyone knows, if you heard his laugh...it's contagious. I am going to miss this man so much because he was literally my best friend." pic.twitter.com/hOpLynBso4
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Crowd cheers in support as Daunte Wright's father struggles to find the words at his son's funeral: "Words can't even explain how I feel right now. That was my son." pic.twitter.com/JLSo85QByj— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 22, 2021
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.@TheRevAl hits Trump at Daunte Wright’s funeral: ’It’s a Bible of justice … I know y’all had a president that holds it upside down, but turn it right side up, 'cause if you turn it rightside up, and you get to the end of the book … God will take care of his children’ pic.twitter.com/TCctnxMC2N— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 22, 2021
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar gets emotional while speaking at Daunte Wright’s funeral: ‘When we think about what could possibly fill this hole Daunte left in the world, we come up empty. Instead, we come up with a much bigger hole where justice should be’ pic.twitter.com/KU1WnRXaBn— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 22, 2021
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Watch this artist paint a live tribute to Daunte Wright at the 20-year-old’s funeral, set to the music of trumpeter Keyon Harrold pic.twitter.com/7BjdyqgmWj— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 22, 2021
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Ben Crump at Daunte Wright’s funeral: ‘How did Officer Potter see Daunte Wright? But more importantly, how does America see our children? Because if she saw your child, Katie, like she saw her child, then I don’t think she would have even reached for a Taser, much less a gun’ pic.twitter.com/WETHPFxIS0— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 22, 2021
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#DaunteWright funeral packed. It’s 12:30 and folks are still filing in. Gospel choir: “Before I’ll be a slave, I’ll be buried in my grave, and go on to my Lord and be free.” pic.twitter.com/of4IIJtiJI— Molly Hennessy-Fiske (@mollyhf) April 22, 2021
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As Daunte Wright funeral gets underway in Minneapolis people continue to gather at the Brooklyn Center intersection where he died, the growing memorial includes a clenched fist statue like the one at George Floyd Square @wcco will update pic.twitter.com/IQbbfrpKTR— esme murphy (@esmemurphy) April 22, 2021
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