Man arrested for making racial taunts at Green Cove Springs PierGREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man already out on bond for what police said was an alcohol-fueled disturbance at the City Pier was …
Man arrested for making racial taunts at Green Cove Springs Pier
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man already out on bond for what police said was an alcohol-fueled disturbance at the City Pier was arrested on Oct. 23 and charged again with disorderly conduct and trespassing after a warning after several citizens complained of a man taunting Blacks with racial slurs.
Mark David Morgan, 53, of Green Cove Springs, was taken back to the Clay County Jail after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Marine unit arrested him on the St. Johns River.
Sheriff Michelle Cook posted the following statement about Morgan’s arrest on her Facebook page:
“If you had to endure the screaming obscenities and racial slurs by this fella during the GCS Food Festival and/or while fishing on the pier, on behalf of both the City and our County I want to say that we have no tolerance for that terrible behavior….
“And today, after some excellent police work by Green Cove Springs PD and Deputy [Bill] Maher from CCSO we were able to apprehend the perpetrator on a couple of warrants.”
According to the Green Cove Springs Police Department, families with children on the pier said the man used profane language toward Blacks from his boat. He was able to evade GCSPD by boating away, but he eventually was caught by a deputy on a CCSO boat. According to the arrest report, Morgan was arrested because “whoever commits such acts as are of a nature to corrupt the public morals, or outrage the sense of public decency, or affect the peace and quiet of persons who may witness them.”
Morgan also was arrested for boating under the influence, disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest and refusing to take blood alcohol test on July 18 after he jumped into the St. Johns River at the pier in Spring Park trying to elude GCSPD and CCSO deputies. He posted a $752 bond and was released.
Ticketed on Sept. 3 for not having a white light at night while underway.
Morgan, whose next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 9, was released after posting a new bond of $10,004.
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