Mayor Insists She's Victim Of Hate Crime After Yellow Substance Found On Car

Lamar Volunteer Mayor Darnell Byrd-McPherson claimed that someone covered her vehicles in a "yellow, sticky substance."

Lamar, SC – Lamar’s Volunteer Mayor Darnell Byrd-McPherson has declared she was the target of a hate crime, even though police determined that the “yellow, sticky substance” she found on her vehicles was the result of pollen - not vandalism.

“We are grateful the person or persons did not try to take our lives but the culprits will be identified and prosecuted,” Byrd-McPherson said in a statement, according to WPDE. “Love conquers hate and my husband and I refuse to be intimidated by those who perpetrated this act of vandalism which I classify as an act of hatred.”

The alleged incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m. on Feb. 7, the mayor told Newsweek.

“My husband went out to the car to get some things out of the garage,” Byrd-McPherson said. “He says, ‘Somebody’s painted your car!’”

A neighbor happened to stop by around the same time, and joined Byrd McPherson and her husband outside, she said.

They began “scraping” the “grainy substance” from the vehicles.

“They started rubbing it, and it was this yellow, sticky substance. So it was like, ‘What is this?’” she told Newsweek.

Byrd-McPherson said that she drove her car the following day, and that she “thought [the substance] was pollen,” WPDE reported.

It was unclear why she changed her mind and determined that the substance was the result of a hate-crime fueled vandalism, but she did note that Lamar has a history of racism.

“During the 70s, crosses were burned in the yard of our home when my Mother was involved with the civil rights movement,” Byrd-McPherson said, according to WPDE. “On this very same corner in this very same front yard!”

The mayor said the alleged vandals did not write any symbols or words on the vehicles, but that the incident “ignited some fear in my spirit,” Newsweek reported.

“To me, that was the message,” she added.

According to a report by Lamar police, Byrd-McPherson and her husband ran their fingers across portions of the car and “realized it was not paint and that the substance could be removed with a finger; similar to pollen,” Newsweek reported.

But the volunteer mayor insisted that she had “a possible suspect in mind,” so Lamar police forwarded her complaint to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), The Charlotte Observer reported.

Byrd-McPherson blamed police for not taking a sample of the substance, and said that without it, SLED was unable to determine what it was, WPDE reported.

“The substance wasn’t saved and the cars were actually cleaned—pressure-washed twice—there was no substance, and so they didn’t have it for the investigation,” she told Newsweek.

But Darlington County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Robby Kilgo said that no sample was taken because there was simply no reason to do so.

The sergeant and deputy who responded to Byrd-McPherson’s home “immediately came to the conclusion that the substance had a yellowish tint to it and that it’s a type of powder similar to pollen,” Lt. Kilgo explained.

“We found it to be pollen,” he reiterated. “There was no reason for us to collect a sample.”

They only forwarded the matter to SLED because the mayor insisted she had been attacked, he said.

“Due the suspicion from her of it being a hate crime, we couldn’t say no,” Lt. Kilgo added.

Contrary to Byrd-McPherson’s claims, SLED said that they “did not open a formal investigation” into the incident, not because of any supposed evidence the officers allegedly failed to collect, but because SLED “did not believe a crime occurred,” Newsweek reported.

The volunteer mayor filed a second report shortly after the incident, and said that a “police officer” notified her that someone planned to kill her.

“There’s a police officer who came to me and said, ‘There’s rumors out there that they’re going to assassinate you,’” she told Newsweek.

Byrd-McPherson said she told the officer that the threat was a “federal crime.”

“There’s always these remnants of racism,” she lamented to Newsweek. “I don’t care about a car. What I want is my life.”

Comments (105)
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MFLindsey
MFLindsey

Dementia is a horrible disease that attacks people at all levels of intelligence. . .

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Since WHEN in Pollen a "Hate Crime"??????

marine_0311
marine_0311

Don King looks good for his age.

2A SUPPORTER
2A SUPPORTER

JUST ANOTHER DUMBASS "RACE BAITER". smh

Demonrat71
Demonrat71

Yup the fricken trees hate the pollution that comes out your mouth.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

Plants are racist.

Signal10
Signal10

Really? Where the hell's al sharpton or jesse jackson when you REALLY need them! Nutty ass people anyway..

JohnP
JohnP

I do t know who is dumber, the mayor, or the people who voted her into office...

bluemama1
bluemama1

Ridiculous bullshit! The mayor is an ignorant Negro!

JBo
JBo

Is she related to Smollett?

Cdove
Cdove

Officers shouldn't be wasting time in things like this while real calls are pending.

WendyS
WendyS

Dam I wanna see her prosecute motor nature. Maybe then that set presidency and I can sue for the tree for continuing to put tree sap on my car and it costing me money to go wash it off.

WendyS
WendyS

Mother nature

Smaugmik
Smaugmik

Those damn racist trees! 🌴

365
365

My rigs are victims of that kind of racist attacks every spring - several times. Please, someone make it stop!

juliekay
juliekay

So desperate to be noticed she had to report the trees for racist attack!lol

Bonneville Kid
Bonneville Kid

The question I have is, who power washed the cars, twice?

Dmoe63
Dmoe63

Two Nigerians were seen with Nooses around the tree shaking it yelling MAGA.

billybob61
billybob61

😂😂😂😂🐂💩

billybob61
billybob61

😂😂😂😂

Pennymae
Pennymae

Arrest every tree for racism! And investigate those tree huggers on charges of aiding and abetting, oh and while they're at it tie in those friggin' bird who spill droppings on cars on a RICO charge! Who does Mother Nature think she is!

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Geesh, give me a break. I'm sure if the mayor had been white and the same substance would have been on her/his car, it would never have created a stir. I find pollen on my car all the time and it is yellowish and sticky. But because the mayor is black, it MUST be a hate crime perpetrated by racist trees.How freaking embarrassing.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Lamar, SC – Lamar’s Volunteer Mayor Darnell Byrd-McPherson has declared she was the target of a hate crime, even though police determined that the “yellow, sticky substance” she found on her vehicles was the result of pollen - not vandalism"

Those in the black community who follow this twisted path and dwell on racism to such an extent are displaying such paranoia that they themselves become mentally ill as a result. As another reader has mentioned this could be an early warning sign of dementia. Mental illness is much more prevalent than you would first think.

Sailor
Sailor

If ignorance is bliss this Mayor is the happiest person in the world.

Tom1
Tom1

It's time we start prosecuting these people for false statements. 90% of the racists I come across are all people of color.

CrimeDoc
CrimeDoc

She’s not a racist...she’s a pollenist! She has seen attacks such as this one at least 100 times a year for her entire life...the damn trees spewing their hate and contempt for our cars and our clothing...and she is tired of it. Give the idiot mayor a break.

stooge819
stooge819

I wonder if the sun is yellow in her world.

Pooliscool
Pooliscool

Hey Mayor. I got some swamp land in Arizona for sale

LEO0301
LEO0301

I happen to live in SC. February was an abnormally warm month here and so all the vegetation is beginning to bloom. Hence, I have to wash my car a couple times a week to wash away the pollen. Like many blacks, this woman is consumed in the belief that anything and everything that happens to her that she doesn't like is racially motivated. To appease her, I think the police in that town should bring every plant in for questioning.

*1*2*3
*1*2*3

Scraping the bottom of the barrel for some over-the-top garbage...smdh

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Maybe there's a reason the trees don't like her. Hell I don't blame them ! She's scary looking lol !

TwinWrangler
TwinWrangler

The way I see it there were two crimes committed. The first by the volunteer mayor filing a false crime / wasting law enforcement’s time and the second being a sex crime committed by the trees ejaculating on people’s cars. Pine trees are Enemy Number 1.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Members of the SC Green Thumb Committee have come to her neighborhood to plant trees just to spite her. Treeists are now "growing" in numbers ....

LauraJaneT
LauraJaneT

She mustwant attention. If she thought it was a real threat,, she would have saved a sample. She is all about fueling racist propaganda. She needs relieved of her duties

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Just looking for a quick payday?

Stanracer
Stanracer

Playing the race card.

Baxter12
Baxter12

It’s obvious that she’s racist because she first brought up the past of crosses “supposedly” being burnt in their front yard and now nature taking its course by pollen falling! Heck I live in Mississippi and it’s worse over here, my husband and I went to town on Monday, he drives a black Denali truck it looked yellow due to the pollen and it had stormed the previous night which didn’t matter! If she’s that stupid she needs to be removed from office or re-elected!!!!!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Damn racist flowers!

61mouse
61mouse

What does she think when she has to take cotton out of OTC meds

Grandmoi
Grandmoi

This woman who has lived in the South all of her life, surely is well aware of what pollen looks like on a car. She is either suffering from some neurological disease affecting her reasoning, or she is paranoid ..either way she needs help.

Ryerver
Ryerver

Hate has no boundaries or common sense. She knows it is pollen but is using it as an excuse to spout her nonsense furthering their racist propaganda.

OldVet
OldVet

Now trees and pollen are racist. A new science is born! Next will be large grants backed by the Black Caucus in congress to investigate these trees.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Damn when is this shit going stop!!! Milk is racist! PB&J sandwiches are racists! Now Pollen is racist!! Liberalism is a serious mental disease!!!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

This Mayor is playing the Tree Pollen card !

Mindurown
Mindurown

Dang...I wonder if I can use that excuse when my dark gray vehicle is covered in yellow stuff? I get targeted EVERY year. :D LOL

2bears
2bears

Y'all need a person with some sense as mayor, this wee fecking eegit isn't it !

pixiepup
pixiepup

This lady is a nut case. She is making things up and this is dangerous. Get her off that job!!

Duder1897
Duder1897

Who votes for these lunatics?

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

I didn't know there were people this dumb.

hampshire
hampshire

🤪 “ the stupid is strong in this one “