Chester Councilman Charged with Threatening Police

Chester, SC (WLTX/WCNC) -- SLED arrested and charged Chester city councilman Odell Williams, 70, with two counts of threatening the life of a public official. The charges come after a March 10 incident in a restroom at Chester City Hall.

According to the incident report, Williams threatened the Chester Police Chief Andre' Williams and Major Gene Gilmore in the restroom at city hall following a council meeting. The officers say Williams told them he would "take them out" and placed his hand into his pocket implying that he had a gun. Witnesses say Williams also used racial slurs and told the two officers that he did not like them very much.

Each count that Williams faces could carry five years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000, or both if he is convicted.

Williams has denied that he made a threat or there was any physical contact during the incident. Earlier this week Williams said he walked into the bathroom and Chief Williams and Major Gilmore stopped their conversation. "I made the statement, 'Why'd you stop talking when I came in?' and they said they were just through talking," recalled the councilman, "then he would say something, and I would say something. We went back and forth as we walked outside, a few words exchanged."

The Chief said those words included threats to his life and racial slurs. According to the incident report, Chief Williams claims the councilman said "I have my stuff on me now and I'm not afraid to use it" among other threats. Odell Williams said he did not have a gun with him, but did admit to using the n-word.

"At one time, I did make a statement with the n-word in it and that's the only thing I hate most that has come out of this whole thing," admitted Odell Williams, "there used to be an old saying, "I'd kill a n-word" and I said it, but that wasn't at him. That's the only thing I do certainly regret."


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