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White Mississippi Teen Runs Over Black Man For Fun, Prosecutor Say It’s Not a Hate Crime

Sunday School teacher Johnny Lee Butts was intentionally run over by white teens who had been drinking and smoking marijuana all black man killednight. Every morning at around 7:00 AM, Butts would take a 4 mile walk, but on this particular morning, when a white teen driver spotted the older black man walking, the teen ran right over Butts.

In statements to police and also in statements given to a grand jury, all obtained exclusively by CNN, the two teenagers, a then-15-year-old and 18-year-old Tony Hopper Jr., described what happened next.

“We see a walker on the side of the road. The complete left side of the road while we are on the complete right side of the road,” the unidentified teen told a police lieutenant. “And I pointed out to say, ‘watch out there is a walker there…’”

The unnamed teen continued his story: “Whit slightly turns the steering wheel and I saw him. ‘Watch out, don’t do nothing stupid’ and then he just keep turning the steering wheel and eventually before we knew it he ran him straight over.”

“He didn’t slow down,” Hopper said in a statement to a deputy sheriff.

The deputy asked: “He never hit his brakes?” Hopper replied: “No sir.”

“Do you think he hit him on purpose?” asked the deputy.

“Yes, sir, I do,” said Hopper.

The teen in the backseat says he could clearly see that the person walking on the side of the road was a black man, although the passenger says he could not tell what race the man was. Police have refused to charge anyone with a hate crime in this case because they say they have no evidence that the crime was based on race.

Donny Butts, the son of the victim, says the white teens knew his father was black.

“They knew he was black,” said Donny Butts. “And that’s the only reason they ran him over because he was black. Point blank.”

The Butts family has been receiving death threats since this incident has become public.

Watch the CNN story here. 

 

92 Responses to White Mississippi Teen Runs Over Black Man For Fun, Prosecutor Say It’s Not a Hate Crime

  1. james hardin

    July 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    What most people do not understand that America have a terrorist problem from Bloods to the Crips. The terrorist that is never mention are The Confederate Talibans (southern white people) they are on the police force, judges, lawyers, teacher and many other things. They are no different than the Islamic Terrorist except this country do not hunt them down and kill them like dogs. They a Radical Christian Terrorest just like the Islamic Terrorist, they should be jailed, killed just as any other terrorist.

  2. haley Bray

    June 7, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I dont understand this. I dont understand the fact that people think that race determines their power in the world. No race is more dominant than another. In the U.S., everyone has the right to do what they want. Act how they want. And be who they want. Yes they will be judged but they can make it through that. But being LYNCHED and RAN OVER…they cant get out of that. They cant get through that. It doesnt matter what your age. If your 60 and still think your in your decade and you still judge a person by their race, SUCK IT UP. The world has changed. And you’ve got to adjust some time. If youre 16 and think you’re better because you’re a rich littlw white kid and no other race has the money you have, shut the hell up. And GROW UP. This is rediculous. To be judged by the color of you God damn skin is so childish! And God, if you want to be religious, try this. Read every single holy book in every single religion. Have someone translate it and you will find a verse saying something along the lines of “Love everyone equaly, no matter what.” It will be worded differently but that is what it will boil down to. America, Grown Up! MISSISSIPI, GROW UP. Since Emmett Till in 1955, to 2013…this is STILL going on. Put an end to it. I dont understand why we cant grow the hell up and keep our judgements to ourself. THE CONSTITUTION. Think about the Constitution. If they are not getting in the way of your persuit of happiness, there is NO problem what so ever. If you still go to work every day, if you still go home and eat dinner with your family, if you still go out and have dinner with your spouse, if you still get to eat sleep and drink EVERYDAY without someone trying to kill you, YOU ARE A -OKAY!! Just GROW UP! This is a bad example to set for the generation after me. America, Grow Up.

  3. Missie

    February 1, 2013 at 1:50 am

    Wow it is great to see so many standing behind our family. We have just opened a Facebook page in honor of my Uncle Johnny Lee Butts and welcome you to view more of this case. No Justice No Peace! Please join us on our newly founded Facebook and Twitter as we share pictures and news stories regarding this senseless murder. Again we thank you for your interest this is just the beginning we won’t stop until there is JUSTICE! Facebook search We care;Justice for Johnny Lee Butts and Twitter@justice4johnlee

  4. Latrice

    January 23, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    @ Lisa Toomey. I beg to differ. Usually federal cases are over with much faster than the municipal courts. Why? Because the federal courts have the big money from government behind them. Usually when a federal case comes to court, guilt of the defendant is a forgone conclusion. And yes I know of quite a few people who had federal cases, over in a flash and the defendant guilty. Municipal cases can drag on. No one is reacting emotionally, just common sense.

  5. Ruby from NJ

    January 23, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    No one knows what might happen to that white youth or his loved ones later in life. I do know that you reap what you sow. In the Bible Jesus says He will “visit the iniquities of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and show mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.”

  6. catherine

    January 23, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Hate Crime: Was Jesus Christ Black? Are Blacks being punished because they are the Chosen people? Mississippi working with Hate, hate, hate, especially since they hate blacks so much.
    Revelation 1:14, 15 – His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, MY DADDY HEAD WAS PURE WHITE BY 35, MY CHILDREN WAS BORN WITH GRAY HAIR, NOT QUITE WHITE. and His eyes like a flame of fire; MOST DARK SKIN PEOPLE HAVE RED EYES, ESPECIALLY RELIGIOUS ONES. His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace,AND BEAUTIFUL BROWN COMPLETION CAN BE NOTHING LESS THEN REFINED. and His voice as the sound of many waters; THE AVERAGE BLACK MAN HAS A DEEP VOICE.lived in, HE COULD NOT HAVE HAD BLOND HAIR BUT HE COULD HAVE HAD BLUE EYES, MANY BLACKS HAVE BLUE EYES it was.
    A kinky curly hair and a darker tone would be more likely. this does not mean that he was black nor does it mean that he was white. It means that he was the son of GOD born in Africa the northern regions but still Africa. “his hair was white like wool”, you have to think how does the word white represent purity and black represents wickedness. His hair was described as white because it represented time and wisdom.

    Also though many are hesitant to out right say Jesus is black, he was born is a region where there are people of colour (may it be of middle eastern appearance or Ethiopian). Jesus was a man of colour. And you can still worship him regardless of race, but don’t be gullible to believe Jesus is white with blue hair and brown/blonde eyes in the middle of a desert.
    SO QUESTION AGAIN WAS, DO WHITE FOLKS HATE BLACKS BECAUSE THEY JUST MIGHT KNOW BLACKS ARE THE CHOSEN PEOPLE? WHITES ARE FROM THE COLD NORTH AND DEMONS, DEVILS, ALWAYS TRYING TO DESTROY WHAT THEY CAN NOT CHANGE. IS THIS A HATE STATEMENT. NO IT ISN’T. IT’S A STATEMENT WE HAVE ASKED OURSELVES FOR EVER BUT AFRAID TO POST. BLACKS ARE FROM AFRICA…BROUGHT TO AMERICA.

    • Satchel

      January 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Sorry to hear that your children were born with gray hair. I didn’t know that most dark skin people have red eyes, however, what does your reply have to do with a teenager running over a man walking on the side of a two highway in Mississippi. You just rewrote the book of Revelations, are you all right.

  7. Casey Horn

    January 23, 2013 at 10:52 am

    What are we that feel this way going to do about it. Together we stand do you know the rest!

    • Satchel

      January 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Divided we fall? 17,000 blacks in Panola County needs to stand together, the rest of us need to have their backs.

  8. catherine

    January 23, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Judgement Day? Things like this makes me question so many things in the Bible. I have to really pray and ask the Lord to calm me down. There is so much wrong and the white man is the one who re=written the Bible. Is God Black? Is this why the white people hate us? I have no idea but one day we will know when Christ return. Will the whites get to heaven and blacks go to jail I mean Hell? No I don’t think so. God is a Just Judge.

  9. Satchel

    January 23, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Don’t just run your mouth, consider where this happened: Panola County Mississippi, Population 35,000 people, 28% live below poverty, 49% are black, 1.6 % are Hispanic, 52% are women, 26% are under 18 yrs., there are 2,000 reported businesses, non-whites own less then 100, blacks own none, the middle class make $2900 per month, median home value is $78,000. There is at least one black sheriff in a command position. The Sheriff, District Attorney and 5 County Supervisors are elected. The Sheriff made a threat against a CNN news investigator. Where is Cornell West and Tavis Smiley, or the Southern Poverty Law Group.

  10. blacxkcobra

    January 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Wait what city or one horse town this happen in, and since Obama been in office certain people been having some balls on the table lately, r they trying to pick a WAR with the African American race in which all we want to live in is peace, we’ll let’s get some great black leaders together and march in the city or why not take it to the ring and box it out may the best man win and let the whole world enjoy the fight

  11. DONNA HENDERSON

    January 22, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    IF IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK AND SOUND’S LIKE A DUCK AND IT LOOK’S LIKE A DUCK HELL IT’S A DAMN DUCK. WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE GETTING AWAY WITH THESE HATE CRIMES THE JUDGE NEED’S TO BE RAN DOWN LIKE MR BUTTS AND SEE WHAT HE SAY’S THEN.IF IT WERE BLACK YOUTH RUNNING OVER A OLD WHITE MAN THEY WOULD HAVE NEVER MADE IT TO THE JAIL HOUSE.THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED ON THE SPOT,ANOTHER TRAVON MARTIN.MY LORD NO JUSTICE NO PEACE

  12. DONNA HENDERSON

    January 22, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    IF IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK AND SOUND’S LIKE A DUCK AND IT LOOK’S LIKE A DUCK HELL IT’S A DAMN DUCK. WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE GETTING AWAY WITH THESE HATE CRIMES THE JUDGE NEED’S TO BE RAN DOWN LIKE MR BUTTS AND SEE WHAT HE SAY’S THEN.IF IT WERE BLACK YOUTH RUNNING OVER A OLD WHITE MAN THEY WOULD HAVE NEVER MADE IT TO THE JAIL HOUSE.THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED ON THE SPOT,ANOTHER TRAVON MARTIN.MY LORD NO JUSTICE NO PEACE

  13. Anita marshall

    January 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    So the judge don’t see anything wrong w/their actions, maybe he should be locked up w/them so they all can think about what is right and what’s wrong……….

  14. Toni

    January 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    People appear not to think of their consequences when they do something STUPID. This is truly a hate crime and it is sad that this man or any uman being had to be involved with the stupidity of this young boy who now wants to play dumb.

  15. Toni

    January 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    People appear not to think of their consequences when they do something STUPID. This is truly a hate crime and it is sad that this man or any uman being had to be involved with the stupidity of this young boy who now wants to play dumb.

  16. Larry coleman

    January 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Mississippi remains a metaphor heretofore!