slurs against a veteran TV news reporter were caught on camera by the reporter’s videographer, and the man who is accused of hurling the insults was arrested.
Steve Crump, 59, of WBTV in Charlotte was in downtown Charleston on Oct. 8 and when they finished wrapping up their work, a man sitting on the sidewalk, later identified as Brian Eybers of Virginia, called Crump a “N-gger.”
Crump is recorded walking over to the man and asking if he called him the n-word, to which Eybers responds, “Yes, I believe I did.”
Ebers, who was smoking what looked to be weed, then started stating that it was his constitutional right to use the slur and said he was superior to Crump.
Once Crump and his videographer got into their news van, Ebers then attempted to block them from pulling off. It was then that Crump called the police.
Ebers was arrested for disorderly conduct, and the cops also found a crack pipe in his possession. He was booked on charges of congregating for an unlawful purpose and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Crump has covered the Ku Klux Klan and interviewed many of its leaders over the years, both with hoods and without, The Charlotte Observer reported.
“None of them have ever called me the n-word,” Crump told the newspaper.