Posted on December 13, 2021

Documents Suggest Racial Motive in Teen’s Palm Beach Gardens Stabbing

Michael Ruiz, Fox News, December 10, 2021

Semmie Williams, the 39-year-old Florida man accused of brutally killing 14-year-old Ryan Rogers in Palm Beach Gardens, allegedly used racially charged language during the intake process at a Palm Beach County jail.

Jailhouse records obtained by Fox News Digital show that on Dec. 2, Williams allegedly fought with officers, called one a “White devil,” and suggested a motive behind the teen’s stabbing death.

“While fingerprinting his left hand, I asked him if he understood the charges,” Officer Michael McCabe wrote in an incident report. “He stated, ‘Yea, murder, because of what they did to Black people about giving them syphilis.'”

McCabe added that Williams’ voice then “became significantly louder” — but what he said next was redacted.

The suspect allegedly tried to break free from the officer’s grip but failed. McCabe slammed him to the ground and other jail guards helped hold him down until he complied with their orders. {snip}

“If y’all didn’t help him, I was going to whoop his a–,” he said next, according to the incident reports. “White devil!”

Police arrested Williams in Miami late last month after he allegedly approached Ryan and stabbed him to death near an I-95 overpass on Nov. 15. {snip}


The teen had been stabbed “numerous times in the head and face,” according to the criminal complaint.