SHELBY, NC - On Thursday, police arrived at a home in the 1000 block of Cumberland Drive in response to a domestic dispute, to find Luis Antonio Aguirre-Benitez arguing with a woman outside the residence.
An inebriated Aguirre-Benitez approached a black officer and threatened to hang the him “like the Ku Klux Klan did black people back in the day," according to a police report.
Aguirre-Benitez then attempted to leave the scene in his car and was stopped by that same officer, Brad Benson, who believed Aguirre-Benitez too drunk to drive.
The Shelby Star reported:
Benson allegedly told Aguirre-Benitez he could not drive in his state and asked if someone could come to pick him up. This is when Aguirre-Benitez started hurling racial slurs and threats at Benson, according to reports.
Aguirre-Benitez “expressed his displeasure for black people and the police” during this altercation and claimed to be part of the Ku Klux Klan, the officer wrote in the police report.
Aguirre-Benitez was taken into custody and charged with ethnic intimidation, drunk and disruptive and resisting, delaying and obstructing officers. He was booked into the Cleveland County Jail on $10,000 bond.