Woman Accused of Hate Crime Tells Her Side of Story

6 years 3 months 4 days ago December 23, 2010 Dec 23, 2010 Thursday, December 23 2010 Thursday, December 23, 2010 7:05:57 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA -  Police arrested Miranda Spurling on harassment charges for wrapping and placing a book with racially insensitive material on Donnie Butler's doorstep. Spurling came forward Thursday to share her side of the story. She told KOMU she did intentionally place the book of Butler's doorstep.

She explained the controversy between her and Butler goes back to an issue with another neighbor against whom Butler had filed a protection order. She said Butler's accusations toward their neighbor are so ridiculous that it led her to leave the book titled, "Ten Little N******" on Butler's door step.

"It was kind of more of a statement saying you know, you are not going to run my life anymore. I mean he has made threats to my mother who is terminally ill and to other elderly neighbors around there," Spurling said.

She said her actions were not intended to hurt Butler, but rather to show him she has a voice too.  She claimed Butler has tried to hit her with his car twice, disrespects neighbors and yelled "all white people should die" at a maintenance worker.  Butler told KOMU Thursday all of those accusations are untrue.

When asked if she were black and found the book on her doorstep, would she consider it racist, she said "no."  Spurling said she is not racist and neither is the book.
   
"I am absolutely under no circumstances racist when in fact last summer I miscarried a child that was interracial," Spurling said.

Police released Spurling after she posted a $500 bond. The police department said the crime is not considered a hate crime yet.  The prosecutor's office would have to add that specific charge.


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