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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:32 PM

Murder, Hate Crime Charges in Tulsa Shootings

Source: AP


TULSA, Okla. April 13, 2012 (AP)

Oklahoma prosecutors filed murder and hate crime charges Friday against two men arrested in an Easter weekend shooting spree that left three people dead and terrorized Tulsa's black community.

Jake England, 19, and his roommate, Alvin Watts, 33, each are charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to kill and five counts of malicious harassment. The harassment counts allege the victims were targeted because of their race.

Police say the men, who were arrested early Sunday after a two-day manhunt, appeared to have chosen five victims at random. Three died and two others were wounded. Under state law, first-degree murder is punishable by death or life in prison. Prosecutors said decisions about whether to seek the death penalty are usually made after a preliminary hearing.


"Filing charges is the first step to obtain justice for the victims and their families," said Doug Drummond, Tulsa County First Assistant District Attorney. "This is a tragic and senseless crime. Our office is committed to holding those responsible accountable for their actions."

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/murder-hate-crime-charges-tulsa-shooting-spree-16132575#.T4hwydl9Z_Y

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Reply Murder, Hate Crime Charges in Tulsa Shootings (Original post)
cali Apr 2012 OP
Cali_Democrat Apr 2012 #1
humblebum Apr 2012 #2
1StrongBlackMan Apr 2012 #3
humblebum Apr 2012 #5
1StrongBlackMan Apr 2012 #8
Behind the Aegis Apr 2012 #4
OneAngryDemocrat Apr 2012 #6
humblebum Apr 2012 #7
OneAngryDemocrat Apr 2012 #9
humblebum Apr 2012 #11
felix_numinous Apr 2012 #10

Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:50 PM

1. Good!

Hopefully this will deter some Americans from targeting blacks in the future. This goes for Zimmerman and the woman who rammed a 13-year-old black kid in a go-kart. Obviously it won't' deter all the bigots full of hatred.

Blacks should have the right to walk down the street without getting shot and killed like everybody else.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 03:12 PM

2. Very good news. But that needs to be applied to more than

 

just white on black crimes.

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Response to humblebum (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 03:38 PM

3. Are you kidding ...?

Are you suggesting that here in America there is some mis-application of the law where Black folks that harm white folks are routinely allowed to walk away?

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 03:48 PM

5. Stop making more of it than what was said. A hate crime is a hate crime. nt

 

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Response to humblebum (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 05:04 PM

8. Okay ...

Show me where there is a single case of a Black prepetrator attacking a single white person after posting to the internet racist comments, or otherwise making a racial motive clear ... that has not been arrested and charged.

I'll be over here eating popcorn and listening to the crickets.

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Response to humblebum (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 03:42 PM

4. It is.

If you look at hate crime statistics, you can see whites are victims of hate crimes as well. Also, hate crimes aren't just "crime." Just because the victim and perpetrator are different colors, doesn't mean a hate crime was committed. In this case, these assholes went looking for African-Americans...ANY African-American and murdered them in cold blood...that is why this is a hate crime.

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Response to humblebum (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 03:57 PM

6. Who the FUCK are you kidding?

Show me, Humblebum, any state's hate crimes law that says it only applies to white on black crimes, and I won't show you a closet bigot pretending that any of them do.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 04:24 PM

7. Where did I say any of them didn't? And let's hope they are applied as such.nt

 

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Response to humblebum (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:25 PM

9. Texas Two-Step...

Where, Humblebum?

Your original post, of course:

"...that needs to be applied to more than just white on black crimes."

Speaking as a white guy SICK AND FRICKIN' TIRED of cry-baby, whiny, white bigots, I see no reason to doubt that hate crimes laws are applied to more than "just" white on black crimes.

Apparently, you do.

And that's pure CRAP.

Now we can get past the bullshit, and you can throw your cards down: What makes you doubt hate crimes legislation is, or is not, being evenly and fairly applied, Humblebum?

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Reply #9)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 10:39 PM

11. Where did I ever say that it was not, Bubba?

 

Stop trying to read things into what I have said.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 10:23 PM

10. Good news.

Wow this was quick.

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