Bizarre Murfreesboro Mosque Confrontation Caught On Tape
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – An unusual verbal confrontation between an opponent of the proposed Islamic Center of Murfreesboro and a documentary filmmaker was caught on tape at a Tea Party rally.
Video posted on YouTube by filmmaker Eric Allen Bell shows mosque opponent Kevin Fisher calling police and telling them he was being "racially harassed" by Bell.
The incident happened Saturday afternoon at a Rutherford County Tea Party's Constitution Day event, according to the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro.
Fisher filed a temporary injunction to halt work at the controversial site of the new mosque and started a petition against the proposed center.
"It has nothing to do with religion. It has nothing to do with race. It has nothing to do with intolerance, just to follow due process," Fisher told NewsChannel 5 in a previous interview.
The edited YouTube video, entitled "Kevin Fisher plays the race card" begins with Bell walking up to Fisher and saying, "Hey Kevin." To which Fisher points toward the camera and responds, "You're racially harassing me. Leave me alone."
At another point an unidentified bystander greets Bell, to which Fisher turned to the camera again and said, "You're racially harassing me. Leave me alone."
The video shows at least two other cameras pointed at and following Fisher with Bell.
Fisher repeatedly walked away from the cameras.
Bell looked into one of the cameras and said Fisher was calling police. He then motioned for the other cameras to move in on Fisher.
Speaking to someone on the phone, Fisher said, "I'm the only African American here," to which Bell appears to begin laughing behind the camera.
"Right now he's within arms' reach." Fisher told the unidentified person on the phone.
Continuing on the phone, Fisher said, "I have the legal right to strike him, can't I?... Then I suggest you get someone down here because I don't know what he might do."
Text at the end of the video reads, "This attempt to interview Kevin Fisher is part of a documentary by Eric Allen Bell focusing on the backlash against a mosque in a Southern town.
Monday, Fisher told NewsChannel 5 he was hypoglycemic and attempted to get away from the cameras. At his own request, he was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital.
It was unclear if officers with the Murfreesboro Police Department responded to the scene.