Dispute involving racial slurs moves to county court

WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne man who was recorded yelling racial slurs at a man during a dispute last month will face criminal charges in Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.

Willard Bidding Jr.,, 50, was charged by Wilkes-Barre police on Aug. 12 of threatening and harassing Rasheen Hamm on Sylvanus Street. Bidding’s daughter, Brittany Miller, resides across from Hamm.

According to the criminal complaint:

Hamm told police Bidding walked onto his porch, punched him and attempted to choke him. Bidding threw a beer can at Hamm and grabbed his groin telling Hamm to perform a sex act on him.

Police allege Bidding was in the middle of the street yelling, “If anybody on the street has a problem, come to me (racial slur).”

Bidding also yelled, “Dirty a— (racial slur), get out of town and go to Africa to (expletive) some monkeys,” the complaint says.

Hamm recorded the encounter and posted the video on social media. The posted video does not show Bidding assaulting Hamm.

Miller claimed Hamm yelled threats that he was going to slice their throats. Hamm has not been charged.

After a preliminary hearing in Central Court on Thursday, District Judge Michael Dotzel forwarded two counts of disorderly conduct and one count each of terroristic threats, harassment and public drunkenness to county court.

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