White Virginia Man Pulls Assault Rifle on Black Bikers in His Neighborhood

A white Virginia man was charged with multiple misdemeanor counts of brandishing a firearm that he pointed at four black men on bikes Sunday who the suspect said were on "private property."

Video emerged online Monday that showed Dennis Lee Berry, 45, pointing a rifle at four black bikers as they took a break during a ride through his neighborhood. The Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office later issued a statement saying the bikers overlooked a "Private Road No Trespassing" sign. Berry, who is not related to a local retired sheriff's deputy with the same name, was later charged with five misdemeanor counts of brandishing a firearm after a current sheriff's deputy arrived on the scene. A heated dispute took place off Whelan Way near Partlow, Virginia, officials confirmed to Newsweek Tuesday, during which the four black bikers repeatedly questioned why Berry needed to threaten their lives with a firearm instead of just asking them to ride further down the road.

The Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office clarified Tuesday that Berry was charged because "the male parties were unarmed and not on HIS private property."

"I used to live down the street," one of the victims can be heard saying in the video. "So why are you pointing a gun at us? You going to shoot me for calling the cops?"

One of the bikers can be heard saying that Berry will "definitely go to jail" for shooting him as he claims to be a federal officer. The video was first posted to Reddit Monday, with the poster saying the incident occurred as four friends on bikes and one in a car were "riding around" the rural Virginia area. Berry repeatedly accused the men of stopping their bikes in a "private drive."

"We pulled into the neighborhood where 3 of the guys grew up and stopped at the cul-de-sac to stretch and plan our route home. This guy came walking down his driveway with his weapon aimed at us the entire time. Police were called and he has been arrested for brandishing. Be careful out there. Its a crazy world we live in,'" the Reddit post described the Sunday incident.

The sheriff's office statement issued Tuesday said Berry was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond and his rifle was confiscated as evidence.

The Fredericksburg newspaper the Free Lance-Star reported Monday that, in Virginia, brandishing is a Class 1 misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

"Parked my bike over here to take a break real quick and we got a white guy out here pointing a gun at four black men," one of the bikers can be heard in the video telling the sheriff's office over the phone. He pans over to show the bikers and one vehicle driver holding their hands up.

No one was hurt after a Spotsylvania County sheriff's deputy arrived on the scene after one of the bikers called for assistance. Although one of the bikers sarcastically remarked, "racism is not alive in the United States," the man never referenced race—although he did use profanity in reference to the bikers.

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A white Virginia man was charged with multiple misdemeanor counts of brandishing a firearm, which he pointed at four black men on bikes who the suspect said were on "private property." Screenshot: Reddit