Marchers in Desoto County, Mississippi, protesting police brutality in Ferguson, New York City, and their own state were greeted with the n-word and other racial taunts, reports WREG.
Reporters from WREG heard multiple drivers using racially-charged language on the group as they held signs and chanted while walking through the streets of Horn Lake.
For protester Teresa Carter, accusations of police brutality against young black men are personal.
Carter’s son, Chavis, died while in the custody of Jonesboro police in July of 2012. According to police, 21-year-old Chavis Chacobie Carter shot himself while handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser. Despite a police report stating Carter had been “handcuffed behind his back and double locked, and searched,” police insisted he had hidden a gun on his person which he used to shoot himself.
Wearing handcuffs in remembrance of her son, Carter said, “It’s been two long hard years for me.”
“It’s a mess, we all just want justice, you know, you can’t keep killing us and our kids,” she added.
Police were called out after the protesters briefly blocked an intersection but there were no altercations outside of the racist taunts yelled from cars.
One woman driving in the area said she didn’t use racist language but disagreed with the protesters, saying people should obey the police without question.
“If he sees someone breaking the law and they need to stop, they need to stop,” Carolyn Rook said. “Don’t argue with them, do what they say and fight it out in court.”
Former police officer Sam Williams told the crowd he believes that police are too quick to draw their weapons, saying, “I never drew blood from anyone. So don’t tell me you can’t.”
“I never let a person get away. Everyone I went to arrest, I arrested them,” he stated.
Watch video below from WREG: