By Bassel Barakat
A man who flashed a gun on Somali teenagers inside a Mcdonald’s, pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of terroristic threats, which ensures a lifetime firearms ban.
Lloyd Edward Johnson, 55, was charged by the Hennepin County Attorney’s with felony terroristic threats and carrying a pistol without permission.
One of the Somali teens told reporters that she and her friends feared for their live, Minnesota Public Radio News reported.
“We saw the man who was yelling, ‘Don’t touch me, get away from me,’ and he was acting extremely crazy,” 17-year-old Billal Abdi said at a news conference with Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group. “He proceeded to pull out the gun, and all of us scattered, so we wouldn’t get shot.”
Farida Osman, who is one of the teenagers group said that the man made an unprovoked “racist” comments while she and her friends were ordering food at McDonald’s Minnesota.
Osman and her friends had trouble paying for food using Apple Pay which made Johnson to assume that they were using welfare assistance to eat at the fast food chain, the Inquisitor reported.
“They weren’t really familiar with it, so it took them a while to work it out, but they still couldn’t figure it out, so they gave up,” Osman said about McDonald’s staff.
“You were paying with EBT; that’s why it didn’t work,” Johnson reportedly told them, with EBT referring to the welfare program that helps recipients pay for food.
Polls have shown that white men acutely overestimate the number of black people using the program, and in most cases, the assumption on part of the white populace to imagine Africans using it is a “racist” manifestation rather than based on any data.
Johnson will be sentenced on April 29 however he is expected to serve at least three years of probation and up to 90 days in the county workhouse. A secondary charge of carrying a pistol without a permit will be dropped at sentencing.