Even in the midst of a Category 4 Hurricane with winds of 150 mph, racists are going to be racist. While MSNBC reporter Shaquille Brewster was reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Mississippi, a white man pulled up on him in a truck and confronted the reporter as he reported live on national television.
Now, the Gulfport Police Department in Mississippi is looking for the man after receiving help from the community to identify the man. More inside…
Mississippi police has issued an arrest warrant for an Ohio man who was seen screaming and yelling at MNBC reporter Shaquille Brewster on live television.
NBC News and MSNBC correspondent Shaquille Brewster was reporting live on the Hurricane Ida aftermath in Gulfport, Mississippi, when a man jumped out of his white pickup truck and charged him while yelling and screaming at him.
“I am going to turn this way, because we deal with some people every once in while," the MSNBC reporter said as the man continued to approach him. He quickly turned back over to host Craig Melvin as the man got in his face.
The man could be heard shouting at the reporter to "report accurately." We guess he believed he – who has no known experience in meterology or journalism – knew more than this black reporter.
"We’re going to check back in with Shaq Brewster just to make sure all is well. There’s a lot of crazy out there. A lot of crazy," said host Craig Melvin.
It’s unclear why the man assaulted Shaq.
Watch the insane interaction below:
Appreciate the concern guys. The team and I are all good!
— Shaquille Brewster (@shaqbrewster) August 30, 2021
“Appreciate the concern guys. The team and I are all good!” Shaq wrote on Twitter following the incident.
— Craig Melvin (@craigmelvin) August 30, 2021
"This is beyond unacceptable and disgusting," tweeted Craig Melvin. "@shaqbrewster was trying to do his job on a beach in Gulfport, MS. Shaq is ok. This guy who nearly attacked him clearly is not."
After the incident went viral on social media, the Gulf Port Police Department in Mississippi asked for the public’s help with identifying the suspect.
The Gulfport Police Department is asking for the community’s help identifying this individual that caused a disturbance earlier today. pic.twitter.com/jIhKGFms52
— Gulfport Police Dept (@GulfportPolice) August 30, 2021
It didn’t take long for the community to get into action to help the police identify the man:
We would like to thank the public for coming forward and helping identify Dagley. pic.twitter.com/SFPJAekshn
— Gulfport Police Dept (@GulfportPolice) August 31, 2021
The suspect has been identified as Benjamin Eugene Dagley, of Wooster, Ohio, and the police are currently looking for him.
Benjamin Dagley will reportedly be charged with two counts of simple assault, one count of disturbing the peace and one count of violating an emergency curfew, Gulfport police said in a statement.
Not only that, he may have violated his probation in Ohio by traveling to Mississippi if he traveled without authorization. Also, WHAT WAS THE REASON for traveling across the country during a hurricane?!
NBC News has more information about the suspect:
Court documents in Ohio showed the 54-year-old pleaded guilty to vandalism, inducing panic and attempted assault, stemming from a 2017 commercial break-in. He was sentenced to five years probation and 30 days in jail to go along with a $5,000 fine and $10,000 restitution to Cleveland Plating.
The business is an electroplating company that Dagley once owned, according to a report by Cleveland.com. Dagley was arrested on suspicion of drilling holes into tanks of dangerous chemicals.
Representatives for Cleveland police and Cuyahoga County prosecutors could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.
The lawyer who represented Dagley in that case could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday morning.
Hopefully they catch him soon and he’s prosecuted. Shaq Brewster was literally just doing his job and he didn’t deserve being attacked while doing so.
Photos: Gulfport Police’s Twitter