The following 3 mass shooting cases have been covered by media outlets but not as extensively as others, like the mailing of manila envelops with IEDs to several Democrats and CNN starting on 10/22/18, all recipients of the republican President Donald Trump’s ire; and then the murder of 11 worshipers who were present at the Tree of Life Synagogue on 10/27/18.
An increase in acts of violence based on hate which started after President Trump was ensconced in the White house cannot be ignored. When the head of a country provides cover for members of hate groups, and when other Republican Party leaders are absent in condemning his ugly, hateful rhetoric, then the inevitable occurs.
While the perpetrators are to blame for their crimes, the toxic environment created by President Trump and his republican cronies, are a contributing factor where hate group members feel more emboldened to act out.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On April 19. 2018, Madison Park of CNN News penned the following report, “3 men convicted in plot to attack Somali immigrants with weapon of mass destruction”
“A federal jury found three men guilty of conspiring to bomb a Kansas apartment complex to target Somali refugees.”
“One of the two black grandparents killed by a white gunman on Oct. 24 at a Kroger supermarket in a suburb of Louisville, Ky., was buried on Tuesday (10/30/18). A funeral for the other is scheduled for Saturday. In the meantime, calls continue to grow for hate-crime charges to be filed in their deaths.”
“But the state prosecutor in the case, Thomas B. Wine, said Tuesday that a hate crime is not a separate offense under Kentucky law. Rather, a judge can apply the label to a charge during the sentencing process. It could stop a convict from gaining parole or probation.”
Witnesses said the suspect, Gregory Alan Bush, fatally shot Maurice E. Stallard, 69, inside the store, and then killed Vickie Lee Jones, 67, in the parking lot. He had no known connection to either victim, or to the store, and had tried and failed to enter a nearby black church moments earlier.”
“Mr. Bush was charged with 2 counts of murder and 10 counts of wanton endangerment. He is being held in jail with bail set at $5 million. A bystander told police that Mr. Bush said, “Whites don’t kill whites,” during the attack. Even without a hate crime charge, Mr. Bush could face the death penalty if convicted.”
“The killings came amid a swirl of headlines about hatred and violence across the country: the mailings, throughout the week, of pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and CNN, and then the massacre of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. Some criticized prosecutors for not quickly bringing hate crime charges in Louisville, the way they had in Pittsburgh.”
“It’s hard to escape the conclusion that he acted with hate toward these individuals because of their race,” Mr. Wine said in a phone interview. But he said that had little practical effect on the case at this stage.”
“The U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, Russell M. Coleman, is also investigating the shooting and could bring federal hate crime charges. Greg Fischer, the mayor of Louisville, called on Mr. Coleman to do so in a statement provided to The Louisville Courier-Journal.”
“Another wrinkle: The hate crime statute in Kentucky does not apply to murder, a fact that Mr. Fischer says he will work with the Legislature to change. Mr. Wine expects to put the case before a grand jury on Wednesday, and could add or subtract charges at that time.”
On November 3, 2018, USA Today published the report by Jeff Burlew of the Tallahasee Democrat, “Scott Beierle, suspected gunman in Tallahassee yoga studio shooting, had history of arrests for grabbing women”
Scott Paul Beierle, 40, was arrested in 2012 on a charge of misdemeanor battery after allegedly grabbing the buttocks of two women on the campus of Florida State University, according to Leon County court records. He was arrested again in 2016 on a battery charge after allegedly slapping and grabbing another women’s rear end by the swimming pool at the West Tennessee Street apartment complex where he lived.”
“The State Attorney’s Office filed information in both cases. However, prosecutors eventually dropped the charges.”
“Victim #1 stated she was at the soda fountain when she felt someone grab her buttocks,” the police report says. “She thought it may have been her boyfriend at first, and (when) she turned around she identified the male as Beierle.
“”Victim #2 stated she saw Beierle grab victim #2 and wanted to make sure she saw what she saw. Victim #2 stated the same person has (grabbed) her on the buttocks on three separate occasions over the last month.”