Justice Department to Seek Death Penalty for Dylan Roof

24 May

Bring back the Electric Chair! Toast him.

Justice Department To Seek Death Penalty For S.C. Church Shooting Suspect

The Justice Department says it will seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, accused of fatally shooting nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., in June 2015.

“The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

The federal hate-crime charges against Roof “center on both the victims’ race and their identity as church-goers who were attempting to follow their religious beliefs when Roof attacked,” as The Two-Way reported last summer. At the time, Lynch called hate crimes “the original domestic terrorism.” Roof also faces federal weapons charges.

“The Justice Department says he selected the [Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church] and his victims to win notoriety and to try to ignite a race war,” NPR’s Carrie Johnson reports. “Roof has pleaded not guilty to the federal charges.”

Roof’s lawyer David Bruck declined to comment on Tuesday’s decision in an email to Carrie.

There is a separate case against Roof filed by authorities in South Carolina. Prosecutors in that case are also seeking the death penalty, as we reported in September.

Survivors of the attack and family members of the deceased victims “had differing views on whether Roof should face execution,” The Charleston Post and Courier says. An attorney for family members of three of the victims told the paper on Tuesday:

“The families will support this decision. Really, I think the families have mixed emotions about the death penalty. But if it’s ever going to be given, this case certainly calls for it.”

Roof is scheduled to be tried in January in the state case. It’s unclear at this point when the federal trial will take place.


Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Domestic terrorism


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4 responses to “Justice Department to Seek Death Penalty for Dylan Roof

  1. lkeke35

    May 24, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    The whole “race war” thing never fails to make me laugh/shake my head. There are white people who dream about it because they think the destruction of the world will bring them some kind of glory.

    Who says they’re gonna survive to rule whatever new world they make? My mom had a saying. “You gotta bring some ass, to get some ass.”


    • roderick2012

      May 25, 2016 at 9:13 AM

      That and they are always talking about blacks folks will be the ones starting a race war.

      When Ferguson and Baltimore happened that’s all the white racists on the messages boards were ranting about–how those riots were going to be the beginning of some type of race war.

      Man STFU!!

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    • btx3

      May 25, 2016 at 12:07 PM

      Had that discussion with one of those clowns a while back – oddly enough at a shooting range. Claimed he was Military, and “Special Forces”, which I knew was a lie, because the closest he shot to the target in front of him was 3 targets away. They do an IQ test to figure out where to send folks in the Military. Because other than in white families which have a tradition of service, the whites they tend to get are the lowest of the low, a large percentage wind up carrying rifles. Because black and Hispanics tend to view the Military as a way to get out of a bad economic situation, the recruits they get tend to be a better cross section (AKA smarter). They tend to wind up running all the stuff behind the poor guy in the trenches. Meaning they also tend to operate all of the stuff which makes really-really big holes in the ground. You got your little AR-15 child, raise you being on the receiving end of an MLRS bombardment.

      This is what an MLRS does…

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