He is a white supremacist and never would stand the sight of other races. So filled with race-fuelled hatred, Dylann Roof took his gun and snuffed life out of 9 black people, members of a Christian group, the AME Church in North Charleston, South Carolina, USA, on 19 June 2015.
Roof, who was earlier handed the maximum death sentence, appealed the judgement, hoping to get a reprieve. However, the appeal court thought otherwise and instead, upheld the sentence by trial court for the ultra nationalist who reportedly told a jury at his trial that he felt “he had to do it”
While upholding the death sentence, the appeals judge noted that Roof’s crimes “qualify him for the harshest penalty that a just society can impose”.
In July, US Attorney-General, Merrick Garland, placed a hold on federal execution until a review was conducted by the Justice department as a result of the immediate past administration’s frequent use of capital punishment.
However, Roof’s action not only shocked the US, it also reignited debates about race relations, vis a vis the flying of the Confederate flag. Indeed, he s alleged to have told the police that he actually wanted to start a race war.
He’s been pictured holding the battle flag, a symbol of racism which to many in the US. The incident led to the removal of the flag from the South Carolina statehouse, where it’s been hoisted since 50 years.
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