in , ,

Guy Who Yelled Racial Slurs And Pulled Gun On Black Teens Protesting Gun Violence On MLK Day Certainly Looks Pleased With Himself

@Dreamdefenders/Twitter

On Monday, while the nation observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a 51-year-old white man threatened black kids on bicycles in Miami’s Brickell district in Florida with a gun while spewing racial epithets.

The vile incident was caught on film and posted on social media.

The racist offender was identified as Mark Allen Bartlett, from Hollywood Beach. He was arrested at around 6 p.m. and charged for carrying a concealed firearm, which is a felony, according to the New York Post.

In the mugshot below, he seems unphazed by the light charge.

His expression is lacking any trace of remorse.

@Dreamdefenders/Twitter

Florida civil rights group Dream Defenders posted the violent footage of the altercation in which Bartlett could be heard screaming the N-word multiple times.

“Get the f*** out of here … f*****g stupid n******!” the man shouts. “F*****g dumb-ass f*****g n******!”

The footage begins with an enraged woman shouting at a bunch of kids who were participants in the annual “Wheels Up, Guns Down” demonstration that protests against gun violence.

The belligerent woman yelled for the kids to get out of her way after apparently blocking the roadway. At one point, she accuses one of the bikers of running over her foot.

“You just ran over my foot with your tire!”

You can see for yourself whether that actually happened.

Out of nowhere, Bartlett intervened to settle the dispute, while brandishing a gun.

“Who did it?! Who did it?!” he asked the woman before advancing towards the group of kids, one of whom was 11.

“Get the f*** out of here … f*****g stupid n******!” the man shouts. “F*****g dumb-ass f*****g n******!”

Dream Defenders posted additional footage to the thread.

According to the Miami Police Department arrest form obtained by New Times, Bartlett is listed as “self-employed” and details how authorities responded to an alert “where the driver was armed with a gun and following behind juveniles” in a Range Rover.

Police finally located Bartlett, who fit the description of the man who “was involved in a verbal altercation with several juveniles on bicycles who were blocking northbound traffic on Brickell Avenue.”

The report also stated the police began a felony stop search and found “a black Springfield Armory XD9, which was located in the right front passenger rear pouch loaded, without a holster, and readily accessible to the driver.”

Cops arrested him after they found out Bartlett did not have a permit for the firearm.

The report also said he admitted pulling out the gun but not pointing it.

“Why am I being arrested when those kids are free to ride around? I did pull out my gun, but I never pointed it at them.”

Many believe Bartlett is getting away with weak charges.

Some believed people were up in arms (no pun intended) over something inconsequential.

Regardless, the racist remarks and verbal assault here are inexcusable. Because the charge seemed insufficient, one user sought justice her way. 

What are your thoughts? Does the punishment fit his indiscretion?

Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1 Flickr: nyckmoe