Update: Racist who pointed gun at Black kids arrested

Lloyd Edward Johnson, 55, arrested after pulling a gun on a group of teens at a McDonald’s (Image Source: Hennepin County Jail)

There is an update on the story of the group of Black teens who had a gun pulled on them by a racist man at McDonald’s. Last week, rolling out reported on the case of the teens who were trying to pay for their food at a McDonald’s franchise located near Minneapolis. An unidentified White male became frustrated at the group for taking too long at the register and started insulting them, claiming they were probably trying to use their EBT card. One of the teens turned to him and stated: “Just because I’m Black does not mean I use EBT,”

Things quickly sideways when the man continued to spew racial slurs at the group and the teens decided not to back down and confronted him. When the man was confronted by teens who would not back down, he pulled a gun on the group and then went outside by the door. An unidentified female manager then orders the teens to leave her store as the teens shout, he pulled a gun on us. The manager is then heard to say, “I don’t care get the f— out of my store.”

After outrage erupted from the Somali Muslim community and others over the incident, police were able to locate the gun-toting racist and he was arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. He has been identified as Lloyd Edward Johnson, 55, and police have charged him with second-degree assault. He is currently being held in the Hennepin County Jail.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a statement. “We welcome the arrest of a suspect in this disturbing incident and look forward to appropriate charges being brought by state and federal law enforcement authorities,” said Jaylani Hussein, CAIR-MN executive director. “We thank Eden Prairie police for their swift and professional investigation leading to this arrest.”

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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