“The morning after the attack, police arrested Roof in Shelby, North Carolina. Roof confessed to committing the shooting in hopes of igniting a race war. The shooting targeted one of the United States’ oldest black churches, which has long been a site for community organization around civil rights.”
Wikipedia article below
Charleston church shooting
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“The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2008
Charleston church shooting is located in South Carolina Charleston church shooting
Location of Charleston within South Carolina
Date June 17, 2015
Target African American churchgoers
Mass shooting, hate crime
Weapons Glock 41 .45-caliber handgun
Non-fatal injuries 1
Perpetrator Dylann Roof
Motive White supremacy
The Charleston church shooting (also known as the Charleston church massacre was a mass shooting and hate crime that took place at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, United States, on the evening of June 17, 2015. During a prayer service, nine people, including the senior pastor, state senator Clementa C. Pinckney were killed by gunman Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist. Three other victims survived. The morning after the attack, police arrested Roof in Shelby, North Carolina. Roof confessed to committing the shooting in hopes of igniting a race war. The shooting targeted one of the United States’ oldest black churches, which has long been a site for community organization around civil rights.
Roof was found competent to stand trial in federal court, and in December 2016 was convicted of 33 federal hate crime charges stemming from the shooting. He faced a potential death sentence in that case. Separately, Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder in the State of South Carolina state courts.
Roof espoused racial hatred in both a website manifesto published before the shooting, and a journal written from jail after the shooting. Photographs posted on the website showed Roof posing with emblems associated with white supremacy and with photos of the Confederate battle flag. The shooting triggered debate on its modern display, and following the shooting, the South Carolina General Assembly voted to remove the flag from State Capitol grounds.
Roof was convicted of murder in Federal court in December, 2016, and sentenced to death on January 10, 2017.”
There is a minority section of the US population who openly hate African Americans, coloureds and Asians and/or Mexicans. Racism is an very serious issue and the US allows these sections of the US community to retain their views, without sanction or punishment, in the name of self-expression and freedom of speech.
In Australia where I live, and New Zealand, where I was raised, there are Racism laws which are more readily enforced given the smaller population size, however in both these countries racism exists. For example, a large percentage of Australians are intolerant of the native Aboriginal people.
Particularly in States of Queensland and the Northern Territory racism of this kind persists and is more open.
It was only in the 1960s that the official ‘White Australia policy’ was dismantled,
“The term White Australia policy comprises various historical policies that effectively barred people of non-European descent from immigrating to Australia. There was never any specific policy titled such, but the term was invented later to describe a collection of policies that were designed to exclude people from Asia (particularly China) and the Pacific Islands (particularly Melanesia). The policy was progressively dismantled between 1949 and 1973.’
Dylann Roof is a product of America allowing people in its midst who are openly and viscously racist against African Americans, Asians, Mexicans and minorities. This feeling of disenchantment, and even hatred towards minority groups is enhanced by daily serious crimes committed, particularly by African-Americans.
In a society there should be zero tolerance towards racism.
I have tried to show this American racism recently last year with some articles about US racism, including publishing disparaging songs and cartoons.
Dylan Roof seems to want to die and not want to die. The part of him that wants to die wants to be a hero and a martyr for his racist White Supremist cause. The part of him that wants to live is the child in him that is very scared of the unknown and very scared of death.
US State Methods of execution:
Alabama Lethal injection or electrocution
Alaska No death penalty
Arizona Lethal injection or gas
Arkansas Lethal injection or electrocution
California Lethal injection or gas
Colorado Lethal injection
Connecticut No death penalty
Delaware Lethal injection
District of Columbia No death penalty
Florida Lethal injection or electrocution
Georgia Lethal injection
Hawaii No death penalty
Idaho Lethal injection or firing squad
Illinois No death penalty
Indiana Lethal injection
Iowa No death penalty
Kansas Lethal injection
Kentucky Lethal injection or electrocution
Louisiana Lethal injection
Maine No death penalty
Maryland No death penalty
Massachusetts No death penalty
Michigan No death penalty
Minnesota No death penalty
Mississippi Lethal injection
Missouri Lethal injection or gas
Montana Lethal injection
Nevada Lethal injection
New Hampshire5 Lethal injection or hanging
New Jersey No death penalty
New Mexico No death penalty
New York No death penalty
North Carolina* Lethal injection
North Dakota* No death penalty
Ohio Lethal injection
Oklahoma6 Lethal injection, electrocution, or firing squad
Oregon Lethal injection
Pennsylvania Lethal injection
Rhode Island No death penalty
South Carolina Lethal injection or electrocution
South Dakota Lethal injection
Tennessee Lethal injection or electrocution
Texas Lethal injection
Utah Lethal injection
Vermont No death penalty
Virginia Lethal injection or electrocution
Washington Lethal injection or hanging
West Virginia No death penalty
Wisconsin No death penalty
Wyoming Lethal injection or gas
Federal system9 Lethal injection
American Samoa No death penalty
Guam No death penalty
Puerto Rico No death penalty
Virgin Islands No death penalty
Australia where I live has no death penalty. Nor does New Zealand. The last execution was carried out in Australia in 1967 and in New Zealand in 1957.
“Ronald Ryan was the last man executed at Pentridge Prison and in Australia. Ryan was hanged on 3 February 1967 after being convicted of the shooting death of a prison officer during a prison escape from Pentridge Prison, Coburg, Victoria in 1965. Ryan was the last of 186 executions.”
I was 10 years old when Ronald Ryan was hanged and remember his name.
“The last execution in New Zealand: Walter Bolton, 18 February 1957
Walter Bolton was the last person to be executed in New Zealand when he was convicted of poisoning his wife Beatrice. He was hanged for her murder at Mount Eden prison. The death penalty for murder was abolished in New Zealand in 1961, and there were claims that this was due partly to the circumstances surrounding Bolton’s case.”
New Zealand History
I was three months old then and never had any consciousness of capital punishment in New Zealand, although I knew it had occurred. There was still debate about capital punishment in the 1970s when I was at University in New Zealand.
In WWI young troops, including Australians and New Zealanders were shot by firing squad for cowardess including PTSD incidents or ‘shell-shock’ as it was known and for absconding or ‘desertion’ as it was called. This was punishment was standard practice on both sides. Given both sides were ordering young troops to charge at enemy machine guns with almost certain death it was a very tough policy.
When Dylann Roof shot nine African-Americans, in a Charleston, South Carolina church in cold-blood, he knew that he would die by lethal injection or electrocution. He had hoped to start a race war and be a martyr for that cause.
Can a young man like Dylann Roof make a mature rational decision on this matter?
We allow people to vote, drive motors cars and have sex with whoever they wish much younger, so he made his bed in the cool damp soil of South Carolina and now will have to lie in it.
Dylan Roof could be on death row a long time however given the seriousness of his crimes and that the Authorities will not want him being a focus for White Supremists, his death may be hastened.
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Charleston church shooter to face death sentence
By Jonathan Serrie
Published January 10, 2017
Jury sentences Dylann Roof to death
The same jury that convicted Dylann Roof in the 2015 massacre at Emanuel AME church reached a unanimous verdict on his sentence: death. Roof looked down silently as the panel announced its decision in U.S. District Court in Charleston, S.C. late Tuesday afternoon.
After the jury left the courtroom, Roof asked Judge Richard Gergel for new lawyers. Gergel told Roof he could make that argument at his formal sentencing hearing Wednesday morning.
Insisting on representing himself in the sentencing phase of his trial, Roof’s court-appointed defense team, which included renowned lawyer and capital punishment opponent David Bruck, was largely sidelined.
“We want to express our sympathy to all of the families who were so grievously hurt by Dylann Roof’s actions,” Roof’s defense said in a statement. “Today’s sentencing decision means that this case will not be over for a very long time. We are sorry that, despite our best efforts, the legal proceedings have shed so little light on the reasons for this tragedy.”
Roof’s family said in a statement they will “continue to pray for the Emanuel AME families and the Charleston community.”
“We will struggle as long as we live to understand why he committed this horrible attack, which caused so much pain to so many good people,” the statement read. “We wish to express the grief we feel for the victims of his crimes, and our sympathy to the many families he has hurt.”
Earlier in the day, Roof delivered his own closing argument, in which the white supremacist denied that he was filled with hatred.
“Wouldn’t it be fair to say that the prosecution hates me because they’re trying to give me the death penalty?” Roof asked rhetorically. “Anyone who hates anything, in their mind has a good reason for it. And sometimes that’s because they’ve been misled and sometimes it isn’t. But I would say that in this case the prosecution, along with anyone else who hates me, are the ones who have been misled.”
Roof concluded his closing argument after only five minutes.
“That’s all,” he said.
The brevity of Roof’s statement stood in stark contrast to the prosecution’s closing argument, which lasted for two hours.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson reminded jurors how the nine victims at “Mother Emanuel” Church had welcomed Roof, a stranger who had shown up at their Wednesday evening Bible study.
“The defendant had come not to learn, not to receive the Word, but he came with a hateful heart and a Glock 45,” Richardson said.
Richardson mentioned all of the victims by name, describing their importance to the community and their families, and the terrible loss caused by their untimely deaths. He contrasted these “particularly good people” with the horrific nature of Roof’s crimes, his racist views and “his belief in Hitler as a saint, as an icon, as someone to be emulated.”
The prosecution showed the jury photos of Roof with his now familiar blank stare, pointing a pistol at the camera during target practice.
“He also chose to videotape himself doing it so that he could see the very last images that these victims would see,” Richardson said. “He wanted to see what he would look like as he stood over them.”
Inside the courtroom, Roof looked straight forward, displaying no obvious emotion as the prosecution showed the jury graphic photos of the deceased victims’ bodies lying on the bloodstained floor of their church meeting room.
Richardson then went on to cite Roof’s apparent lack of remorse for the crimes.
He quoted from a journal removed from the defendant’s jail cell back in August of 2015 in which Roof writes, “I do not regret what I did. I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed.”
The prosecutor reminded jurors that even during this trial, Roof had entered the courtroom wearing hand drawn racist symbols on his shoes.
“Unrepentant, no remorse,” Richardson added.
At the conclusion of his closing argument, Richardson urged jurors, “Sentence this defendant to death for killing Clementa Pinckney.”
He repeated the phrase eight more times to add the names of each victim.
The same panel of three black jurors and nine whites that convicted Roof back in December once again sided with the prosecution, unanimously calling for the ultimate punishment.
Fox News’ Chip Bell and Multimedia Reporter Terace Garnier contributed to this report from Charleston.
Jonathan Serrie joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in April 1999 and currently serves as a correspondent based in the Atlanta bureau.