Whites have it fairly easy in this country; you don’t have to worry about getting harassed by police, nobody assumes you’re a criminal because of the color of your skin, and the culture you see on TV is your own culture. Driving while white isn’t a thing. And while there are ways to make it easier — being male, being straight, being Christian, and most importantly, being wealthy — being White is one of the lowest difficulty settings there is.
So if the only thing you’ve got in life is that you can be proud of playing the game on one of the lowest difficulty settings, then you should probably reevaluate your existence. That goes double for people using that as an excuse to attack others who are not white, in front of billiard halls with knives, as one 36-year-old Costa Mesa man allegedly did .
The incident happened Thursday afternoon in front of Games Plus Billiards in Costa Mesa. Police received a call about a man wielding a knife and threatening to stab people in front of the business. The suspect, according to Costa Mesa Police Lt. Greg Scott, was identified as Claude D. Wyman.
Scott also said that there three victims: two African-American men and a Latino man who names, ages, and cities of residence weren’t disclosed:
Officers learned that minutes earlier, Wyman had forced a near violent confrontation with several bystanders whom Wyman did not personally know. According to witnesses, without provocation, Wyman had purposely shoved his chest against the chest of an African-American male adult who happened to be standing in front of the billiards hall. Wyman next reportedly called the male a racial slur and threatened to kill him.
Wyman then turned his attention to two other men in the parking lot, neither of whom knew the first individual that Wyman attacked. He allegedly brandished the knife while approaching them “in a threatening manner, before abruptly turning his attention back to the first male,” according to Scott. Scott added that Wyman “made several stabbing motions” at the first victim, who picked up a cocktail table to use as a shield.
Wyman was picked up shortly after he fled on a bicycle. Police accuse him of refusing to comply with commands, and say he had to be held a gunpoint before the cops could safely handcuff him. A search produced large knife, according to Scott. Wyman was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making a terrorist threat, hate crimes, violating parole, and a gang enhancement.
A mug shot has not been released at this time.
h/t: OC Weekly