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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.

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  1. 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. 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. 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. this sound like a cover up some body is coach them,

  5. @ 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.

  6. 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.”

  7. 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.

    • 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.

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

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

  9. Karyn Miller Allen

    So wrong- my condolences to the family- there are stupid people in every ethnicity,

  10. 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.

  11. This story is so disturbing…..America needs to open both eyes and realize racism is still here strong as ever

  12. Mzpeaches Williams

    That clearly was a hate crime what would make you just run a incident person over

  13. @lisa toomey…you must be as high as these 2 boys were trying to Rationalize the act.

  14. " Not a hate crime?" Really. Mane look here, this the epitome of one! Same thing happened to what's his name, James Byrd, I think, in Texas some years back. These things still happen in every Southern state

  15. Clearly a hate crime and yes Theudore I agree with you southern justice is not a friend of black people.. now what will happen they will probably get off with a slap on their hands..

  16. The victim's family is now receiving death threats (as stated in the last line of the article)! I wonder by who????? I'm far from surprised!!!!!

  17. Situations like this is happening often. Not getting better, and it won't.

  18. I thought the klan flag should have been a clue that justice was not going to be served, if the majority of the town is flying the flag! Klan is in 99.9 % of law enforcement. Wake up people the other just hide their better.

  19. That's a DAMM shame! It would be a different story if black kids ran over a old white man! They would get a death sentence. What goes around comes around! Just sating.

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. is a race war on the horizon?

  25. I think you are letting your emotions get the better of you. 1) There is nothing in this article to show a race motive at all. They were drunk and high at 7 am, the driver saw a walker and decided to run him over for kicks. I don't think his race had as much to do with the murder as wrong place wrong time. Like many violent assaults, it was a crime of opportunity. 2) Federal crimes are much harder to prosecute than state of municipal. They take longer and often the criminals run free while they await trial where their lawyers are able to make a plea deal. The criminal in this case, the driver, is much more likely to meet swift and severe justice on a first degree murder charge, especially considering the testimony of his eye witness friend.

  26. Can I just say that everyone on here who says ALL white people who live in Mississippi are racists, are biggots themselves. You should check the log in your own eye.

    • While it may be true that not all white people in Mississippi are racist, statistics have shown Mississippi to be the most racist state in the union. Funny how it's also the most conservative, the most religious, and the most economically depressed. Just something to think about.

  27. 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……….

  28. for real black people getting killed all over the world, I'm from the west coast oakland, ca the birth place off the black panther party and let me tell you brotha police is killing brotha out here and some of us is sick of this plus we got black on black brown on brown, black vs brown black vs white they want us to kill each other and at the same time there so called laws that they have imposed on us ever since the reconstuction act and if you look at a white women you were lynched so people do you history dig real deep instead of us get at each other foul.

  29. Lindsey Lu Abdullah

    everything that is do in darkness will come to light. No one is free from being judged either on earth or in heaven.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. what the hell else could it be? — even if it was a white guy they ran over?

  33. Whh would thd Butts family b3 receiving threats? THEIR FAYHER WAS THE FUCKING INNOCENT MAN RUN OVER BY GHEM SONS OF RSCE-HATIN' SLOB TRASH!!

  34. WOW really and I thought we were taught to respect others in the south and be a gentleman and raise our kids to get along and smoking weed don't cause u to run over men like this, what was this guy thinking

  35. their loved one is dead yet they the ones getting death threats?? Really??

  36. I believe with every fiber of my being that this was a hate crime, but it has yet to be established as such. I hope the Butts' family will not be intimidated by the death threats and have the courage to stand up to these racists. Perpetrators of hate crimes cannot go unpunished.

  37. 'Hate Crimes' will probably only be enforced, in crimes against homosexuals, in this Gay Administration. There's a political agenda that's been on the table, to make homosexuality more important, than Human Rights and the poor. This is a sad demonstration on where the direction in which, the 'Hate Crime' legislation is or should actually go…

  38. Mississippi remains a metaphor heretofore!

  39. > FARRAKHAN > FARRAKHAN > FARRAKHAN <.

  40. The Tea Party is not racist! I am Proudly a Tea Party member and can tell you NO one cares about race. We have black Americans at our rallys and as our main speakers. The leftist media in this country has done a great job of pushing the leftist agenda by making us the bad guys. We are not.
    We love this country and all that have make it great. Black Americans have paid their dues many times over for this country and are an important part of it. You don't owe anyone anything.
    Don't beleave everything you hear on the MSM and take the time to investigat your local Tea Party personaly. You will find yourself welcome and they will likely promote you to speaker because they are so tired of being called names like racist that just are not true.
    Daivd C David Beach.

    • " Black Americans have paid their dues many times over for this country and are an important part of it. You don't owe anyone anything." interesting :)

  41. IT'S TIME TO CALL IN THE BIG DOGS (FBI), TO DO A FULL INVESTIGATION, NAACP,AL SHARPTON!!!

    • I hate to say it Renee, but each of those "Puppet" groups you just named won't be of any help… not bcuz they can't help but bcuz hey are apart of the corrupt system that allots these racist/ignorant individuals the confidence to take the lives of ppl of color w/o regard for punishment or consequence. They're all "Big Dogs" alright… more like minority blood thirsty wolves! smh… ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

  42. THIS IS SAD BUT THEY'RE USED TO GETTING AWAY WITH CRAP LIKE THIS WITH THE LAW SUPPORTING THEM BUT ONE DAY YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO MEET KING JESUS!

  43. That's crazy let it would have been the other way around it would b all the black men charged in the crime

  44. Theartistformallyknownas Heifersaywhat Johnson

    Southern Blacks? And exactly has the justice system done for you ninjas living in those concrete jungles or LaLa land. GTFOH Please stop promoting the out right lie that living up north or on the west coast is so much better for Black folks

  45. this is fuck up some body take that dude and feed him alive to the gators.

  46. Leontyne Clay Peck

    Mental illness strikes again and will happen again because the seed is sick.

  47. No excuses but, they should all be charged with murder.

  48. Thank goodness two of the boys felt bad enough to tell the truth.

  49. Kathie Shafer Kasmier

    Not a hate crime? ARE YOU KIDDING? That is most definately one. NOBODY, black, white or any other race deserves to have that happen to them, NOBODY AT ALL!

  50. HATE KILLS! SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA! PEOPLE ARE TAKING THEIR ANGER/HATE ON UNSUSPECTING PEOPLE! HATE WILL KILL YOUR BODY! LOOKING TO HEAR ABOUT LOTS OF PEOPLE DYING!

  51. Theodore Du'Ane Oakley-Diggs

    you southern blacks… the southern justice system is not on your side and rigged against you…. you think not? then look at the laws on the books in southern states.. which are STILL the same laws established during Jim crow against blacks..those neo-cons tea party judges HATE you..and the president..

    • Theodore u are telling the truth,its still a law in Mississippi that u can leach a black man and get away with it.

    • Not sure why you think the justice system is any different up north. It isn't.

    • Eric Moody wow…

    • You're right, Earl Hardaway. The justice system is the same nationwide.

    • The Jim Crow laws were the democrats doings not the republicans. Google it. That is why martin luther king hated the dems and was a die hard Republican. Google that. The Dems didn't give a sh*t about black Americans untill the early sixtys when they were hurting for votes.
      It was a republican that freed the slaves, abraham lincoln.
      Most blacks in the 50's and early 60's were Republicans. And finally The KKK was a Democrate org. Google that.

    • David Beach is absolutely right! But things have changed quite a but since then. This is not political, its racism & the good ol boys. Mississippi is a very scary place. I hoe justice will be served. It was definitely a hate crime!

    • YOu must be pro-active in your court cases, filing meritous related criminal charges agaknst the DA if need be, and sometimes you must put an end to things non-traditionall….

    • They don't want to see it has a hate crime because they'll have to punish the boys. They want to do the bare minimum. It don't matter though there not really getting away with anything. That same child will come back and murder them all if he gets a chance. Karma is also nationwide.

    • The names have changed, but the hatred remains the same, David Beach. Just because it was the Dems then, it does not absolve the Republicans's hateration NOW…

    • Up north is not at all as bad as down south! If you don't stand up to a bully he/she will continue to what? Run all over you! If you ask me as a 41 yr old black man- Most whites have more of the reptilian part of them working which leaves them void of feelings, love, humanity empathy. They don't have what we have so that's why they don't care! You and I have to care more like the one's that marched, sat in, and protested not for there rights, but ours. Likewise we have to care more about our children then ourselves to die, myself I'd rather fight than to be non- violent but that's me, but it's up to use to put an end to the mistreatment of SELF!

    • Eric Moody… Brother Moody you got to be kidding?

  52. Theodore Du'Ane Oakley-Diggs

    .. the old south the confederate TEA PARTY here AGAIN, trying to save the life and future of the murdering WHITE BOYS..that's why they don't want it to be a hate crime.. if so its a FEDERAL crime.. and that's why they said it was done for fun and they didn't know their VICTIM was black.. if they can prove this in court these bpys may walk for what they did.. after all its the RACIST south and when it comes to White verses black.. for the same crime? whites in the south are given a PASS.. and let off the hook for murdering a black person.. or if given jail time.. is a very short time..like 18 months..

    • I think you are letting your emotions get the better of you. 1) There is nothing in this article to show a race motive at all. They were drunk and high at 7 am, the driver saw a walker and decided to run him over for kicks. I don't think his race had as much to do with the murder as wrong place wrong time. Like many violent assaults, it was a crime of opportunity. 2) Federal crimes are much harder to prosecute than state of municipal. They take longer and often the criminals run free while they await trial where their lawyers are able to make a plea deal. The criminal in this case, the driver, is much more likely to meet swift and severe justice on a first degree murder charge, especially considering the testimony of his eye witness friend.

    • ARE YOU SERIOUS LISA, YOU WOULDN'T KNOW CAUSE YOUR'RE NOT BLACK, AND IS MISSISSIPPI, WHATEVER!

    • Two of the kids said it was race motived how could you miss that they were there.

    • C Alexander Forrest

      Lisa Toomey you seem to be in favor of what happened to John Butts and that is sad. The whole America knows that what happened is a hate crime and I hope that the US Justice Department and the Federal courts will give them their rewards in prison or execution.

    • @Patricia Abbot Did I miss the bit in this article that states that 2 of the kids said it was race motivated? Clearly the judge did not feel there was enough evidence of a race based hate crime to bring those very serious charges. As I stated, the crime of first degree murder in much more likely to achieve the desired result of a conviction and a stiff sentence which the perpetrator deserves.

    • C Alexander Forrest What in my statement led you to believe that I am in favor of what happened to John Butts? I resent that false and slanderous assertion. As I said, the driver is much more likely to receive the justice he deserves on a first degree murder charge. But Obviously, you are more interested in race baiting and division than seeing actual justice for John Butts. What is sad is that you are so blinded by your own racism (as is prevalent on this feed) that you can't see the reasonableness of the judges actions in ensuring swift and appropriate justice is done in this case and that the driver is duly convicted on a charge that a prosecutor can successfully bring to trial.

    • This is my uncle and unfortunately all of the CNN report does not show or say everything that happened. But if you cuaght the story even the friend (eye wtiness) told his mother it was racist. He was in the car and he would know so there is alot of the story to be told before we assume and judge. But thank you for interest and comment regarding my uncles murder.

    • Lisa Toomey This is my uncle and unfortunately all of the CNN report does not show or say everything that we are aware of. But if you caught the story even the friend (eye wtiness) as you refer told his mother it was racist. He was in the car and he would know so there is alot of the story to be told before we assume and judge. But thank you for your interest and comment regarding my uncles murder.

    • The sad part in the entire story is…that we continue to let these boys go…and then what happens…MASS KILLINGS…if they could do that…those boys could do ANYTHING! My Lord!! When does it ends….

  53. WTF IS THIS WORLD COMING TOO?

  54. Premeditated Murder in the first Degree….and of course it's a hate crime!

  55. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE! IF THESE BOYS GET BY WITH DOING THAT..NO ONE WILL BE SAFE AROUND THEM. THE POLICE NEEDS TO GET THEIR HEADS OUT OF THE SAND AND CALL THIS WHAT IT IS! THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED.

    • Just because they're not charging it as a hate crime does not mean they're not being charged. They're just saying they can't prove it was racially motivated, so they won't have the ADDITIONAL penalties associated with a hate crime.

  56. Helen Simboli Dacosta

    INTENTIONALLY IS PREMEDITATION , SOUNDS LIKE PREMEDITATED MURDER TO ME THAT DRIVER SHOULD GET LIFE OR THE DEATH PENALTY.

  57. Seriously? Are they stupid, or do they think we are stupid? But considering this occurred in Mississippi I am leaning to the answer being that they are stupid and racist. Them Good ol'boys down in Mississippi aren't fooling anyone, so congratulations complacent black people your equal enough to be murdered for fun.

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