UPDATED: Man arrested for yelling racial slurs in Wilkes-Barre; accused’s kin speaks

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
A picture taken from a video posted on social media shows Willard Stanley Bidding Jr. yelling racial slurs at a neighbor on Sylvanus Street, Wilkes-Barre, on Sunday. -

WILKES-BARRE — A 60-second video posted on social media shows a 50-year-old man yelling racial slurs and taunting a man to fight on Sylvanus Street on Sunday.

What the video doesn’t show and what was not recorded, said Brittany Miller, were the alleged threats made by Rasheen Hamm.

Miller, whose father Willard Bidding Jr., was arrested, said Hamm threatened “to slice the throats” of her family when they arrived at her house and exited their vehicle at about 4 p.m.

“When we got out of our car, this black man yelled over that he was going to slice our throats,” Miller said, noting her two children, 2 and 5, were inside the car. “My dad yelled over asking what he said and this black man started recording.”

Miller was with her father at Wilkes-Barre Police Headquarters Monday afternoon to file a complaint against Hamm for the alleged threats.

Hamm did not respond to a message seeking comment on Monday.

Police arrested Bidding, address listed as Cooper Street, Pringle, on harassment and related charges following Sunday’s incident.

Hamm posted a video of the incident to social media early Monday morning.

The video begins with Bidding yelling to Hamm, “What did you say to my daughter?” before yelling and crossing the street to approach Hamm, who appeared to be standing on a porch.

During the confrontation, Bidding was recorded throwing a beer can at Hamm, continued to yell racial slurs and at one point appeared to expose himself, asking Hamm to perform a sex act.

Police in the criminal complaint stated officers responded to Sylvanus Street for a neighbor dispute.

Officers located Bidding on the porch of Miller’s residence on Sylvanus St. and Hamm at his residence across the street.

According to the 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 said 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.

Police allege in the complaint Bidding ran into his daughter’s residence and attempted to close the door when he was told he was under arrest.

The posted video does not show Bidding assaulting Hamm.

Bidding was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and one count each of terroristic threats, harassment and public drunkenness. He was arraigned by District Judge Ferris Webby in Wright Township and released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Police said in a news release that Bidding promised not to return to Sylvanus Street.

Miller said tensions between Bidding and Hamm began about a week ago when her father was working on her roof and playing music.

“He (Hamm) yelled over to turn it down,” Miller said.

Since the video was posted, Miller said she has received threats from anonymous people.

“People are threatening to come to my house over that video,” Miller said. “He (Hamm) only recorded what my father did to him. Not what he (Hamm) did to my father and my family. My father did what he thought was best and that was to protect his family.”

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Editor’s note: The video, which contains obscene language and gestures, has been posted on several social media pages, including Luzerne County: Chit-Chat & News on Facebook.

A picture taken from a video posted on social media shows Willard Stanley Bidding Jr. yelling racial slurs at a neighbor on Sylvanus Street, Wilkes-Barre, on Sunday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Willard-Bidding-FB-video-4.jpgA picture taken from a video posted on social media shows Willard Stanley Bidding Jr. yelling racial slurs at a neighbor on Sylvanus Street, Wilkes-Barre, on Sunday.
Accused’s daughter:Dad was reactingto threats on family

By Ed Lewis

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