MEMPHIS — A Tennessee man has been hit with civil rights charges after he shockingly threatened to lynch a Black woman in a dispute over a parking spot, Memphis police said.
Clinton Jeffries, 52, admitted he hurled racist threats and slurs at the woman in a fight Wednesday in the parking lot of a Shelby County Kroger supermarket, cops said.
Jeffries allegedly called the woman the n-word and threatened to “hang her from a tree” after she took a parking space he wanted, cops said.
Jeffries allegedly boxed the woman in with his car before yelling epithets at her through her car window.
The victim “was placed in fear of her life from the anger that was displayed toward her,” police wrote in a statement, according to WREG-TV. She later identified the man to police in a photo lineup.
She told police she left the parking lot once Jeffries moved his car from behind hers but quickly realized he was following her as she drove to work, according to the report.
She said she called police after Jeffries followed her into her workplace and threatened to “cut your neck off” if she took his spot again.
Jeffries was arrested Thursday on charges of assault and civil rights intimidation.