JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - William Edwards, a local radio talk show host also known as the Cipher, and his lawyer Abby Robinson responded to allegations made by Hinds County District 2 Supervisor David Archie.
A press conference was held Thursday afternoon in which Edwards and his lawyer stated they believe he was wrongly targeted by the Hinds County Supervisor. and falsely arrested.
Archie claims Edwards said he wanted to execute him during one of his broadcasts. Edwards actually said he wanted to “execute Archie with information.”
After making these statements, Edwards was arrested on Saturday, July 25 around 7:35 p.m.
“Mr.[Edwards] is being accused of harming Mr. Archie, but that is not what was said,” Robinson stated during the press conference. “[He] actually said that he believed he would have them lined up as a firing squad, and throw information at them that he has gathered. Information. Not bullets. Not daggers. Not stakes. Not knives. Nothing that could physically harm or hurt a person’s body, but information.”
Edwards went on to describe what happened during his arrest.
“When I got ready to exit [my] vehicle, there were several SUVs [that] blocked me in and got out with weapons drawn,” Edwards said. “They told me to put my hands up in the air. I complied and handed them both of my cell phones. They searched my vehicles and didn’t find anything. I asked them what was I being arrested for and he said for cyberstalking. I said ‘Cyberstalking? Then why are the U.S. Marshals here?’ He said we received this from James Davis.”
Robinson pointed out that Archie allegedly misused his power by directly calling Jackson Police Chief James Davis to have Edwards arrested.
Throughout the press conference, Robinson maintained that it was Edwards’ constitutional right, under the First Amendment, to speak his opinions of Archie.