A black pastor who called 911 after alleged attack was arrested in plain view of real assaulters
Pastor Leon McCray was handcuffed and taken to the police station after reporting several trespassers in his territory. Violators escorted a patrol car with a pastor inside by "waving".
"They waved at me as I go down the road... . Do you know how disturbing that is?"
The incident occurred two weeks ago. According to the injured McCray, two of the five family members in the neighborhood tried to get into his yard and throw out the trash. When the pastor noticed this, he asked them to stop, but instead, one of the attackers went to help, and the second began to insult McCray.
In an interview on Friday, McCray told WHSV it started when he noticed two people dragging an old fridge toward the dumpsters at the apartment building he owns in Edinburg, Va
"Racial epithets, and the N word, and your Black life, your M-F Black life don't make, it doesn't make a difference in this county, it doesn't make a difference to me, and we will kill you," McCray told WHSV..
Later, when the rest of the gang members came, they all together began to insult the pastor verbally and physically attacked.
They were "threatening to kill me... telling me that my Black life didn't matter," he said. “That's when he felt the need to pull his concealed firearm to save his life.”
When the five attackers left McCray's courtyard, the pastor called the police. The officer did not take evidence from the victim, but merely clarified a few details with the assaulters and arrested McCray.
"I was not given an opportunity to speak," said McCray, adding that officers told him they had to arrest him for brandishing a gun. "And I said, what about the trespassing and the assault?"
Later, when other circumstances were clarified, the sheriff apologized.
"I want the people of Shenandoah County to know I and the Sheriff’s Office staff appreciate and care about the minority communities, and especially our Black community, in Shenandoah County," he said. "Also, I continue to support and recognize the importance of your Constitutional rights, especially your 2nd Amendment right to protect yourself and your family."
Overall, these are the charges:
• 43-year-old Donny Salyers: Felony abduction, Assault – Hate crime, Assault by mob, Assault and battery
• 26-year-old Dennis Salyers: Felony abduction, Assault – Hate crime, Assault by mob, Assault and battery
• 42-year-old Farrah Salyers: Felony abduction, Assault – Hate crime, Assault by mob
• 57-year-old Christopher Sharp: Felony abduction, Assault – Hate crime, Assault by mob, trespassing
• 26-year-old Amanda Salyers: Assault – Hate crime, Assault by mob, trespassing