A man has been jailed for a total of 21 months after confronting a teenage boy on the top deck of a Watford bus.
Chad Nymn, 38, abused the 16-year-old and placed the sharp end of a bottle opener against his throat.
Police were called to the town centre and arrested Nymn, who accused them of racism, a jury heard.
In an angry confrontation outside Moss Bros in Watford town centre, Nymn, who is black, shouted: “Get the black c… Grab the n…..”
Members of the public used their mobiles to film the police as they arrested Mr Nymn, who was wearing a distinctive purple beanie hat, St Albans crown court heard.
He later told the police: “There was a guy staring at me on the bus – I looked at him and said ‘I am not gay’ – that’s all I said.”
Chad Nymn, of Carlisle Road, Queens Park, London, was jailed for 21 months after being convicted of common assault and racially aggravated harassment. He admitted four counts of breaching a restraining order. He received 4 months for common assault, 15 months consecutive for racially aggravated harassment and two further months for breaching the restraining order. The judge imposed a new 5 year restraining order.
The jury of nine women and three men heard the teenager was travelling on the 142 Arriva on the morning of Wednesday September 20 when he was threatened.
PC Daniel Judge said he and a colleague were sent to Watford town centre by the control room after receiving the complaint. CCTV operators guided them to Mr Nymn’s location.
Firearms officers were at the scene because it had been reported that the man had a weapon.
PC Judge said there was no firearm but, when a search was carried out, a bottle opener was found, along with a pair of scissors inside the log book for an Audi car.
The officer went on: “He was shouting racist comments and was saying we were only dealing with him because he was black. He was shouting: “Get the black c… Grab the n……’
“There were families around. A few had hurried off because of the shouting and swearing.
“25 to 40 people had gathered. He was shouting to them film it and follow him on Facebook. A few people were holding their phones up.”
PC Judge said Mr Nymn was broadcasting his arrest live on Periscope before a colleague managed to remove his phone.
He went on: “He was very angry and loud, and spittle was flying from his mouth. He was very upset about what was going on.”
Chad Nymn was taken to Hatfield police station. He was booked in at six minutes past one and told PC Judge: “There was a guy staring at me on the bus – I looked at him and said ‘I am not gay’ – that’s all I said.”
Under cross examination by Jodie Anderson, the officer agreed that Mr Nymn was shouting out about what the officers were doing to him and was not directing racial abuse at the officers or members of the public.
PC Shazad Razaq, who was also called to the scene, said: “He told me my colleagues don’t like me. He used the word P… He said I was only there for race relations.
“Many people were on the street watching what was going on and, in my opinion, he was acting up. I was doing my job.”