Father Won’t Bailout Son Who Organized Protest & Brought a Shotgun
The father of the teenager charged with inciting a riot in Greensboro says his son will have to sit in jail for now.
17-year-old Tony LaShon Cleveland Jr. is facing additional charges for having weapons, including a sawed-off shotgun.
“I am against the riots in Baltimore. I don’t condone what my son did,” Tony Cleveland Sr. told FOX8 off camera. “I don’t agree with using oppression and racism as a platform to do the wrong thing.”
“My son is my responsibility and I’ll always support him,” he added. “I’ve bailed him out of jail before, but I won’t this time because I love him. And he needs to take his medicine.”
He believes his son finally realized the seriousness of the charges against him at his first appearance via video in a Greensboro courtroom Tuesday.
Cleveland Jr. threw his head back and looked shocked when Judge Foster increased his secured bond from$20,000 to $50,000. She told Cleveland if he managed to post a bond even without his dad’s help, he was ordered not to go on the Internet.
The teenager allegedly posted a picture on Facebook Monday encouraging people to meet at the mall in Greensboro this weekend for a riot…
…Cleveland Jr.’s criminal history included charges of breaking and entering, larceny, posession of stolen property, resisting a school resource officer, disorderly conduct at school and simple affray.