Woods arraigned in virtual district court

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Eric Woods in his booking photo.

On Monday, Tisbury resident Eric Woods, 66, came before Edgartown District Court Judge Benjamin Barnes telephonically, for arraignment on charges of assault and battery and disorderly conduct. Woods pleaded not guilty to the charges. 

The charges stem from a June 1 incident at a Black Lives Matter rally at Five Corners in Vineyard Haven, where Woods allegedly used the N-word before allegedly punching a teenager. Tisbury Police arrested Woods at the scene. He was later released on personal recognizance, and given a summons. Woods is represented by Edgartown attorney Charles Morano. He is expected back in court for a pretrial hearing on July 31.

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  1. Jackie, I invariably agree with you but I think you, and a couple of others, are stereotyping here? That won’t help our mutual quest for racial equality.

  2. I don’t usually comment on people’s appearance here, because that’s clearly a discrediting tactic of the right wingers who support trump, and clearly , trump himself. but, I do have to say that Mr. Woods would look a bit better if the police had allowed him to wear his MAGA hat . I understand that the barbers are mostly closed, ( at least at that time) .
    But I will criticize Mr. Woods for spewing the “N” word around during a peaceful demonstration about racial issues, and assaulting someone .
    But what really bothers is that he just can’t go into court, say “I am guilty”, which is the truth.
    Dozens of people saw him assault someone. he did it, you know it, I know it, he knows it, his lawyer knows it.
    One could reasonably conclude that this person is not a bleeding heart liberal, and may have some leanings to the right in terms of his values.
    As I pointed out before, the ‘right” has no shame when “they” lie through their teeth.
    An honorable man would just admit the obvious, apologize and move on. But Mr, Woods has chosen to continue dragging this story through the mud of racial hatred and intolerance. I don’t appreciate that the courts will be spending money on this deplorable person, but I do appreciate that we on the left will have a racist poster boy right here on our little island that will allow us opportunities to point out the bigotry and hatred of the right for a while.

  3. There’s three sides to every story and since none of us were there it would be appropriate to keep quiet Jackie

    • islander– how do you know none of us were there ? I was not.
      But I am not sure of your point. i was not at cape Kennedy when the Challenger exploded.
      I was not in Germany when the Berlin wall came down. I was not in Dallas when Jack Kennedy was assassinated, I was not in Memphis when Martin was murdered.
      Does that mean it never happened ???
      While there may be 3 sides to every story, one side is clear. Eric Woods arrived at a peaceful rally protesting the murder of an unarmed man who was not resisting arrest. Eric woods shouted racist comments at peaceful protestors and physically assaulted one of them in front of dozens of witnesses.
      That’s one side–
      What are the other 2 ? please tell us .
      And you suggest Jackie should ‘keep quiet” ? What the fence are you talking about?
      You think you have an opinion worth expressing ? fine– express it– just don’t tell any or the other non racist here that we should ” keep quiet” Sorry, buddy but we are sick of kowtowing to racist ideology.
      I have been disappointed with the policies of the editor here to not allow me to not directly call people racist.
      Really, islander, until you have something factual or constructive to say about the “other 2 sides” of this incident , it would be appropriate for you to keep quiet.
      Perhaps you were there ?
      Perhaps you are Eric ?

      • dondondon…I never met the man nor do I know anything about him except what I read here and I just was not surprised whatsoever to see a comment by Jackie. I’ve never met her or know anything about her except that her comments are always so “righteous” in context. Those type of comments just aren’t necessary. My comment was not directed at you and I’m sorry if you took it personally.

    • While I also bristle a bit at commentary based on someone’s appearance, quite frankly, “keeping quiet” is why we still live in a racist society. Speak up or you shoulder some blame.

    • I was not commenting on his appearance, but on the expression on his face. You may read into it whatever you like.

    • Islander_2, you have zero authority about what anyone says in their comments or in keeping anyone quiet. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, though, as long as the moderators approve.

  4. See a lot of comments judging the book by it’s cover (suspects appearance). Hypocritical if you are admonishing others for profiling.

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