A racist neighbor in Kentucky was arrested after a 9-year-old girl witnessed several threats and called the police. Douglas Poynter had most noticeably painted a message on a Hispanic family’s fence on their side reflecting his alleged verbal threats, and was seen covered in paint.
The message read, “KKK wants you to burn.”
Alongside this disturbing message, a cross had been erected with the word “burn” on it. The family had been arriving back at their home when they saw the man’s hateful work.
The trouble started August 31 when Poynter, 51, left those disturbing sights in full view of Jesus Alamo and his family, including their 9-year-old daughter. Jesus asked Poynter why he would do that, and the response was equally shocking, allegedly hating them because they were “immigrants.”
The Alamo family had apparently done nothing to provoke Douglas Poynter. He simply began threatening the family and performing acts of intended violence in hopes of scaring them away.
This included a fistfight which included Poynter swinging his fist at Alamo, answered with a shove. This was when the daughter said she was going to call the police.
The racist neighbor’s actions continued while Alamo held his 22-month-old son. Poynter had allegedly told him he was going to shoot him with his shotgun the first chance he got, shortly before the police arrived.
Douglas Poynter was discovered to be drunk during his first known series of threats, but it wasn’t over.
The next day the Alamo family found themselves trapped inside their home with puddles of gasoline outside every entrance to the house. The police were once again called. Douglas Poynter came out of his house with a shotgun and continued the threats, waving the weapon around.
“Sooner or later, you’re gonna die. You and your family.”
After police arrived once more, the Alamo family was advised to file a criminal complaint against their racist neighbor. The next day the warrant went out for Poynter’s arrest, and he was apprehended that afternoon.
It was soon revealed that Douglas Poynter had been terrorizing the family of Jesus Alamo for months. One incident included a time when he walked into their home uninvited. He was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing, attempted arson, terroristic threatening, wanton endangerment, and harassment.
— Duck Quacks here (@HighOnQuacks) September 4, 2014
This is, unfortunately, one of the worst results of immigration reform. There will always be those among us who can’t accept that their neighbors look different, and some will respond violently.
It is important to understand that while some of us don’t consider ourselves immigrants, our ancestors probably came from another country, most likely Great Britain or Europe.
Until we come to peace with it, there will, unfortunately, always be a racist neighbor who makes things difficult.
[image via New York Daily News/ Louisville Metro Corrections, WHAS]