CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - A Chesterfield school board candidate says he was threatened while canvassing in a neighborhood in his district. Dr. Shedrick McCall believes he was targeted because of his race.
“He was a white male and he didn’t like that I was canvassing or soliciting in this neighborhood. He confronted me and told me to get out of his neighborhood and not to come back to his neighborhood and he followed me,” McCall said in a Facebook video.
McCall says he was canvassing the Meadowbrook Farm neighborhood on Oct. 6 when the incident happened. McCall is one of 11 candidates vying for the 5 seats available on the Chesterfield School board. He is running for the Dale District seat on the board.
“I said ‘well sir, you don’t have to talk to me like that, you don’t have to vote for me,’" McCall explained. “I was walking towards my car, so he follows me to my car which makes me feel uncomfortable.”
McCall was alone canvassing that day, which he says he has done for the last six to seven months in order to have personal interactions with the community. McCall says he wasn’t going door-to-door in Meadowbrook Farm, and the confrontation took place near the homeowner’s mailbox.
“If you confront me at the mailbox, imagine what this man potentially would have done at his doorstep,” he explained.
McCall says after being followed the first time, he continued to canvas, and the man pulled up to him in a car, pulled the window down, stared at him, and then drove away.
“If he took time 30-40 minutes later to find me - what was his reasoning for finding me? I don’t know because I didn’t get to talk to him," said McCall.
While speaking with other neighbors, McCall says he explained the situation to a couple who said the incident with the man was not unfamiliar in their community.
“They told me they have had problems with this particular gentleman in the community before,” McCall said.
After the second encounter with the man, McCall called the Chesterfield Police non-emergency line and officers responded to the area. CCPD confirms that they spoke to McCall and the homeowner involved. McCall said that he had headphones on, as well as a friend on the phone as he was walking in the neighborhood that day. McCall says his friend heard the entire incident with the homeowner as it was happening.
“It’s unfortunate that people are out here and still exhibit that blatant type of racism,” he said.
McCall says he is now changing how he campaigns.
“It’s put me in a situation where I have to canvas with other people - just for safety precautions,” he said. “All I want to do is make a change. I tell people to be careful.”
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