A Black man on his way home from a job interview recorded a Maryland road rage incident in which a white driver threatened to kill him and called him a racial slur, Washington D.C.’s WTTG (FOX5) is reporting.
Crispin Cole, 35, said the incident that took place last Wednesday in Germantown, Md., ignited after Cole stopped for a red light.
“People don’t believe you when you say something like this happens,” Cole told the station. “And this one, I got tired of it.”
Cole, who has an MBA, told the station that he was driving from the interview and decided to stop before a light turned red to allow traffic to turn onto the road, FOX5 reported. That apparently set the man off, Cole said.
“This fellow behind me got upset but it was a red light,” Cole told the station. “And he just wanted me to move forward and block the intersection, but I didn’t do it. So I saw in my rear view mirror he was flicking me off and I kept seeing him mouth the N-word.”
When the light turned green, the man – wearing a navy hoodie and light green safety vest — drove past Cole, rolled his window down and threatened to kill him, Cole said.
He then followed the motorist so he could record him. But that’s when the man stopped his Ford truck, opened Cole’s car door and threatened his life a second time, Cole told WUSA9.
After that, Cole took his recording to Montgomery County police.
People on Twitter followed the incident and accused police of ignoring it, but Montgomery County authorities responded on Twitter that they are investigating. It is not clear how the video first was posted onto Twitter.
The Montgomery County Police are aware of the incident and detectives are actively investigating.
— Montgomery County Department of Police (@mcpnews) February 16, 2019
According to Fox5, police are are not yet clear on whether a crime was committed.
The man’s license plate number is visible in the video, Fox5 reported.
Said Cole, “I’m sure if you meet him and speak to him, he would say he doesn’t see color – that probably he has a cousin who is married to a Black man.”