Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Following takeoff from Nashville, a black airplane passenger warned a fellow flyer that, “I kill white people like you” when she was asked to turn off her cell phone

The disruption on Flight 4205, which was bound for Houston, resulted in the Embraer 135’s return to Nashville’s airport, where African-American Lashonda Lee Williams was arrested for assault. The black 43-year-old Williams was asked by another female passenger to “turn off her cell phone due to the aircraft being in flight,” according to a court affidavit. In reply, Williams said, “I kill white people like you.” Investigators noted that Williams told the other passenger, K. Colleen Coult, 50, that she would follow her upon reaching Houston “and find out where she lived.” The comments “created fear in Coult for her safety,” the affidavit notes. A United flight attendant told police that Williams’s statements “were causing anxiety and fear throughout the cabin.” After being booked into the Davidson County jail, Williams, a Houston resident, was released on $3000 bond. She is scheduled for a June 25, 2014 County Court appearance.

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