MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The mother of a man accused of driving into protesters Friday night told FOX13 it was not intentional.
26-year-old Beau Albauer turned himself in to police Monday night. He is charged with reckless endangerment and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.
Kelle Albauer Jackson told FOX13 her son was just trying to get home when the protesters came up to him in his car, but according to the arrest affidavit, he drove back around and started speeding toward the protesters.
“He would never just wake up in the morning and say ‘hey I’m going to hurt people’ - that’s not his heart,” Jackson said.
Jackson told FOX13 she is tired of people calling her son a serial killer and racist.
She said he was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he approached protesters directing traffic in Cooper Young.
FOX13 has a video of the encounter. You can hear protesters saying, “go that way…you got to go that way.”
“He was confused, he was confused and panicked,” said Jackson.
Jackson told FOX13 her son was just trying to get home, but according to the police affidavit the protesters saw him drive back to the intersection of Central And Cooper then start speeding towards the protesters.
“People were surrounding him and throwing things in his car. He panicked,” Jackson said.
FOX13 also asked Jackson about a post which she says was made by her son.
It said in part, “to all you weak protesters. Y’all put me in a corner. What do you expect I’m going to protect me and mine. I was going home and y’all damage my car.”
The post has been removed, but it’s still being shared all over social media.
Jackson told FOX13 what he posted is not okay but said he was just reacting.
“It was a human mistake he was angry at what was done to him then,” she said.
The mother told FOX13 she wants people to understand her son would never hurt anyone on purpose and has a good heart.
“He would never hurt anyone on purpose. He’s not a racist,” Jackson said.
As of Tuesday evening, Bauler is still in jail without a bond. Jackson said she has hired a lawyer.
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