Tennessee judge goes on tirade about crime among black men being ‘more effective’ than KKK
Detroit Free Press
January 4, 2019 6:41 PM
Vincent Bryan Merriweather talks to his attorney, Jacob Fendley at his preliminary hearing on homicide charge(Photo: Stephanie Ingersoll)
CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee – Black men are more dangerous to other black men than white Ku Klux Klansmen ever were, Montgomery County Judge Wayne Shelton told a man accused of murder this week.
Shelton, presiding over the preliminary hearing of Vincent Bryan Merriweather on Thursday, said he’s sick and disheartened by what he sees as a lack of respect for human life, especially among young black men willing to shoot at one another for little or no reason.
“I grew up in a time where people wore white robes and they shot at black people,” Shelton said. “And now we see young black men wearing black hoodies shooting at black men – and doing much more effective job than the Klan ever thought about doing.”
Although Shelton has been saying that “black lives matter” for years, he lamented Thursday that no one is listening. “I’m sick of it,” he said.
Witnesses testified Thursday that Merriweather and two other men exchanged gunfire between their car and another before Antorius Gallion was fatally shot in the head on Nov. 19.
According to Gallion’s brother and statements made to police, the altercation began at a middle school basketball game when two of the men’s feet brushed in the stands. That led to a stare-down and argument.
Shelton has given similar lectures in previous cases, comparing crime among young black men to KKK violence.
After two teenage brothers were accused of gunning down a young Clarksville man following a high school graduation party in May 2015, Shelton had stern words.
“What a horrible tragedy this is,” Shelton said at that hearing in June 2015. “Black lives matter.”
One of the suspects had just graduated high school and had a future ahead of him, as did the other two men. “That life mattered,” Shelton said as the victim’s family sobbed. “That black life mattered to them, and it matters to me.”
Shelton said he was upset that the shooting may have simply stemmed from a reaction of perceived “disrespect.” In years long past, the Ku Klux Klan would kill black people who they thought were disrespectful, he added.
“The Klan doesn’t exist anymore,” he said. “Who doesn’t care about black lives now? I’ll let you answer that. I’m tired of black men killing black men. If I offended anyone … I can’t help it.”
On Thursday after Merriweather’s hearing, Shelton told The (Clarksville, Tennessee) Leaf-Chronicle that while he “might look like the whitest man in the room,” he isn’t.
Shelton said his great-great-great-grandfather was a free man of color in the 1860s, and he is disgusted by what he sees as a lack of respect for human life, whether it be at the hands of a racist police officer or rival gang members.
“Black lives really do matter,” he said. “The total disregard of that fact by any in our society is totally reprehensible.”
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Judge Wayne Shelton holds Vincent Bryan Merriweather’s preliminary hearing
General Sessions Judge Wayne Shelton getting upset over the disregard of life as he listens to details of two groups of men who may have been shooting at one another from cars before fatal shooting and wreck. He asks the detective if the other driver had been shot if he would be sitting where Vincent Merriweather was, in the defendant’s chair. Stephanie Ingersoll
General Sessions Judge Wayne Shelton getting upset over the disregard of life as he listens to details of two groups of men who may have been shooting at one another from cars before fatal shooting and wreck Stephanie Ingersoll
General Sessions Judge Wayne Shelton asks CPD Detective Chris Cunningham about more details in the altercation leading to the shooting death of Antorius Gallion. Stephanie Ingersoll
Bullet casing on Warfield Boulevard CPD
Antorius Gallion’s wrecked Jaguar CPD
Vincent Bryan Merriweather at preliminary hearing charged with homicide in the shooting death of Antorius Gallion Stephanie Ingersoll/The Leaf-Chronicle
Vincent Bryan Merriweather talks to his attorney, Jacob Fendley at his preliminary hearing on homicide charge Stephanie Ingersoll
10 hours ago
He’s telling the truth, more brother’s killing brothers than whites killing brothers.
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2 hours ago
He’s right and I’m black ass they come !!!!!!
2 hours ago
He’s right 100%. Bloods and Crips?, no more than the strong right hand of the ku Klux Klan. Black lives matter can not taken seriously until we realize we matter. Blue lives matter only when the blue life is taken by a black person. 12 officers killed in 2 weeks by 9 white men and not 1 blue life matter protest. 2 officers died on the same day as Heather Heyer and not 1 blue life matter protest. Do you see WHY the Russians are playing us like puppets. They know us better than we know ourselves. Those true “AFRICAN AMERICANS ” are only 15 to 30% AFRICAN the rest is European, you gave damn near phucked the black off of them, now give us all of our rights and leave us alone….. that’s simple.
an hour ago
He 100% right Black on Black crime is out of control their killing each other all over the country but nobody care. Look at Chicago New York New Jersey LA all the major cities. Were is Black Lives Matter on this kids killing each other. No were to be found Black Lives Matter dont care about Black on Black Killing Why ????
7 hours ago
3 hours ago
Get this Constipated Ol Man OFF the bench. Your racist Against Clothes ? Your Hoody Company.. Should be in JAIL THEn.
the real white stranger
an hour ago
Well it’s all true. The Kkk is a joke.
Prophet Mercury Knight
2 hours ago
Then how about I use this recording to tell you when going to die so you won’t be so sick of it. Nobody needs your pink face preaching.
6 hours ago
Most of the time it’s about money. Dope. A hoe.greed.