Watch: White Arkansas official pulls gun on black former colleague
Thankfully, no one was hurt, but the optics of this are not good.
The video shows Jefferson County Republican election commissioner Stu Soffer pulling a small handgun out of his pocket and holding it at his side while having a heated disagreement with former Democratic commissioner Ted Davis.
Davis can be heard saying, “No one’s talking to you! That’s right buddy, no one’s talking to you!” Davis does not make any physical contact with Soffer. Another man, commission Chairman Mike Adam who is white, then approaches Davis and says, “Excuse me, Mr. Davis, step back and leave him alone, do not attack him.”
Davis and other bystanders then ask what Adam means, and say Davis was not attacking him.
When criticized by bystanders for pulling the weapon, Soffer said he felt threatened.
“I’m 74 years old and I was in fear of my life,” he told the Pine Bluff Commercial.