ROOF Faces Two Death Penalties For Now.
The man accused of shooting nine African American churchgoers in South Carolina last year will face two death penalty trials, after federal prosecutors announced they would seek capital punishment.
Dylann Roof, 22, allegedly joined an evening Bible study class at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, then shot participants with a .45-caliber Glock handgun in June 2015. Three people survived the shooting.
He has been indicted for the killings in both state and federal court. It is not yet clear when the federal trial will begin.
How the Confederate Flag / Rebel Flag Got Banned
On Friday morning, Dylann Roof confessed to the murder of nine African American worshippers at the historically black Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Accounts of the shooting, which took place Wednesday evening, are horrifying, with witnesses saying Roof made it clear that he was motivated by raw, unbridled racism. “I have to do it,” Roof was quoted as sayingbefore he opened fire on parishioners attending a Bible study. “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”
As journalists scrambled to unearth more information about Roof on Thursday morning, one piece of damning evidence emerged: A Facebook picture of him on top of his car bearing a license plate with different versions of the Confederate flag. In case it wasn’t clear, the flags were surrounded by the words “Confederate States of America.”
To drive the point home further, Roof reportedly told one of his old roommates before the shooting that he “wanted to start a civil war.”
Within hours, social media was flooded with posts and tweets about the Confederate flag, and the word “Confederate” quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.