Resisting a Constable.

January 7, 1870


A constable arrests a "negro" and a riot almost breaks out.


On yesterday Constable James W. Wright went to the house of Addison Davis (negro), on Twelfth street, for the purpose of levying a distress warrant for rent. Davis met the officer at the door and dared him to enter, at the same time informing him that he would die before he would permit his property to be seized. By this time the loud demonstrations of the insolent negro had drawn together a large crowd of negroes, who by their words and actions encouraged Davis in his resistance to the law; and at one time a serious difficulty appeared imminent. The officer, however, was firm in his determination not to be bullied into submission by the outrageous conduct of the negro, and finally succeeded in arresting him and making the levy upon his chattels. Davis was taken before Justices Lydick and Dillard, who, after hearing the case, required him to give security in the sum of fifty dollars to keep the peace and be of good behavior. The matter, however, is not to end here, as we learn Mr. Wright intends to bring it before the grand jury at its next meeting, that Davis and those who aided and encouraged him may be promptly dealt with for their riotous and disorderly conduct. -Lynchburg News.
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