‘My gift to my mom’: Son of Charleston church massacre victim writes children’s book

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Chris Singleton has always tried to spread the message that “love is stronger than hate” since his mother, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was killed along with eight others in a mass shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina, church on June 17, 2015. Singleton, a former professional baseball player, even forgave Dylann Roof, […]

Church shooter Dylann Roof staged death row hunger strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — White supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof staged a hunger strike this month while on federal death row, alleging in letters to The Associated Press that he’s been “targeted by staff,” “verbally harassed and abused without cause” and “treated disproportionately harsh.” The 25-year-old Roof, who killed nine black church members during a Bible […]

Gun charge yields year in prison for man with neo-Nazi ties

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia man with ties to a violent neo-Nazi group was sentenced Friday to a year in prison for weapons violations after he renounced his ties to extremism. Andrew Jon Thomasberg, 21, of McLean, acknowledged as part of a plea bargain last year in federal court that he possessed weapons […]

White supremacist appeals death penalty in church massacre

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — White supremacist Dylann Roof on Tuesday appealed his federal convictions and death sentence in the 2015 massacre of nine black church members in South Carolina, arguing that he was mentally ill when he represented himself at his capital trial. In a 321-page legal brief filed with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court […]

Some see rush to forgive as rush to forget racial violence

When a white Dallas police officer who killed an innocent black man in his own living room was sent off to prison this week with a hug from the victim’s brother and the black judge on the case, some saw it as a moment of amazing grace and redemption. Many black Americans, though, saw something […]

‘OK’ hand gesture, ‘Bowlcut’ added to hate symbols database

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The “OK” hand gesture, a mass killer’s bowl-style haircut and an anthropomorphic moon wearing sunglasses are among 36 new entries in a Jewish civil rights group’s online database of hate symbols used by white supremacists and other far-right extremists. The Anti-Defamation League has added the symbols to its online “Hate […]

US mass shooters exploited gaps, errors in background checks

Most mass shooters in the U.S. acquired the weapons they used legally because there was nothing in their backgrounds to disqualify them, according to James Alan Fox, a criminologist with Northeastern University who has studied mass shootings for decades. But in several attacks in recent years gunmen acquired weapons as a result of mistakes, lack […]

Appeals court reinstates lawsuit in SC church shooting case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A lawsuit over a faulty background check that allowed a South Carolina man to buy the gun he used to kill nine people in a racist attack at a Charleston church was reinstated Friday by a federal appeals court. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed […]

Mass shootings so far this year almost reach 2018 levels

SEATTLE (AP) — Just seven months into 2019, the U.S. has experienced almost as many mass killings as occurred in all of 2018. Back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio brought the total number of mass killings so far this year to 23, leaving 131 people dead. There were 25 mass killings in 2018, claiming […]

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