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Nov 2, 2016

Phillip Willoughby Opens Up About Beef with Raymond Rivers

Last Wednesday, Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams openly invited Raymond Rivers to a sit-down at the Raccoon Street Police Station, following a series of inflammatory social media posts made by the firebrand activist.  Rivers has been trolling Phillip Willoughby’s Facebook page and reportedly making threats against the city councilor.  While the comments were at first politically charged, they eventually devolved into thinly veiled threats.  Rivers handed himself in a day later with an entourage of supporters and emerged from the meeting proclaiming that it was a fruitful conversation about freedom of speech.  The subject of his disdain, the well-known CEMO Coordinator, responded to our queries via text messages and forwarded a legal request from his lawyer asking Rivers to refrain from visiting or posting on Willoughby’s page.  Today, we caught up with the U.D.P. councilor and asked him about the ongoing situation.


Phillip Willoughby

Phillip Willoughby, City Councilor

“What did transpire though, on the twentieth of September at the flag raising ceremony, Mr. Rivers being several yards away made some comments to myself, to my person in the presence of my friends, saying, “Yo wah dead” and “dis da di kiss of death,” that kind of thing, and poor people this and whatever.  But I wondered why he would want to make such comments to myself.  What I did do though, I had my attorney write him a letter which I shared with you.  I also made a police report on the matter and I’ll leave that there.  I don’t know what his personal agenda is or what it is towards me maybe personally, or maybe U.D.P. per se.  But what the young man also does and maybe continues to do on social media, as I explained to you, he would copy your picture and make vile statements and criticize people and just mortify people.  That’s fine, but going beyond that and telling people to let’s go to this minister’s house or that minister’s house and brukup dehn house and act all nuts.  I mean who does things like that?  What I’d like the public to know though, as I continue saying, in the business of emergency management, during the hurricane I don’t know who texts me or who calls me but I respond to every call and every text as if though I would respond to my mother calling me or my own.  So there’s no differentiation when it comes to looking at people’s concerns, regardless of race, creed, religion or sexuality.  In the business of politics you deal with everybody as a public servant.  Everybody is your boss so I noh di look fi discriminate ‘gainst nobody in no way, in no way.  I don’t care who you are.”

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