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Racist Tries to Run Over Black Children, Points Gun at Them

The 36-year-old man started his harassment by making racist remarks to the children at Family Dollar store in Memphis.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office

A white man who harassed then followed Black children after leaving a Family Dollar store in Memphis, Tenn., has been arrested.

Bradley Watkins, age 36, allegedly used the N-word during an argument with the minors on Saturday at the store. Watkins then trailed them in his car, holding a gun in one hand, as the kids were walking home, The Memphis Police Department (MPD) told Fox 13. The victims said he yelled, "N***er, I'll kill you," while pointing the gun.

Even after the children split up while trying to run away, he continued to chase them. A witness on the scene saw Watkins chase the victims at a high rate of speed, running them off the road.

Watkins admitted to police he and the family got into an argument while at the store, but didn't say he chased them in his car.

He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and is expected to be arraigned in court on Monday.

The population of Memphis is 63.9 percent Black and 29.2 percent white, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

In November, London Lamar, a Black woman and newly-elected democratic state lawmaker from Memphis, said, in a now deleted Facebook video discussing results of the midterm elections:

"Tennessee's racist. Period. Period. Like, Tennessee is racist." She also added that Republican voters are uneducated.

After facing criticism from some constituents, Lamar issued an apology, saying "we want to make sure we don't over-generalize groups of people."

But she also added that race did play a role in the midterm elections. Lamar said that the many who voted Republican based their votes "on racially-charged rhetoric" that's coming from the White House.

Lamar ran uncontested in the state's House District 91 and took office in January.

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