Man who put target in NAACP leader’s yard thought it resembled flower: cops
A Tennessee man accused of planting a bull’s-eye in front of a civil rights leader’s home told detectives he thought the target resembled a flower and looked “nice,” police said.
Roy E. Brown, 63, was charged Monday with intimidation after he was caught on a surveillance camera Saturday putting an oversized plastic target in the front yard of Nashville NAACP President Keith Caldwell’s home, police announced.
Brown, a black man who told detectives he has known Caldwell for years, said he put the target there because he thought it would look “nice,” Nashville police said.
But Caldwell, who detailed the disturbing find on Facebook, described a responding officer as “flippant” about the target’s presence, and claimed the cop said he thought it looked “pretty cool.”
“I informed him that I am the local NAACP President and have deep concerns about what this could mean for the safety of my life and the lives of my family members,” Caldwell wrote late Saturday.
Caldwell, who signed a state misdemeanor citation Monday to prosecute Brown for intimidation, is now pressing for the man’s case to be held in mental health court.
“He appears to have mental health issues,” Caldwell wrote Monday, adding that the incident does not appear to have racial undertones. “I feel an enormous sense of relief that the threat has been identified!”
Police, meanwhile, said the responding officer, Eric McCoy, “meant no disrespect” to Caldwell with his comment, but understands how his words were misconstrued. The pair have agreed to meet for a mediation session, department officials said.
Caldwell, who also serves as a pastor at a United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, accused McCoy, who is white, of downplaying the seriousness of the threat.
“I really felt he maybe needed some sensitivity training,” Caldwell told the New York Times. “He just did not think it was a big deal.”
The plastic target is part of a children’s toy available at Walmart, police said.
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