Racist ‘Buffalo Massacre’ rocks America’s streets
A young white man killed 10 people, mostly of African descent, and tried to broadcast the crime live
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People gather outside the ‘Tops’ supermarket to pay their respects to the victims yesterday (AB)
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US President Joe Biden has called for an end to the domestic terrorism that fuels hatred against African Americans, following a shooting that killed 10 people in Buffalo, New York. Biden said the attack was motivated by hateful white nationalist ideology and contradicted American values. In a statement released by the White House, the US president said authorities were still investigating the motives for the attack, but it was clear it was a racially motivated hate crime. “We don’t need to mention a clear moral fact that hate crimes are racially motivated and abhor the social fabric of the United States,” he added, calling the crime “appalling.” .
A young white man opened fire on Saturday in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing at least 10 people, most of them African Americans. “We are investigating this incident as a hate crime and a case of racially motivated violent extremism,” Stephen Bilongia, an FBI police officer in Buffalo, said at a news conference in the northern city. Lake Iriere, near the Canadian border. The killer was arrested immediately at the scene of the incident, and he is being prosecuted for “premeditated murder”, and he has been incarcerated.
Police and local court officials said the victim was an 18-year-old white male in military uniform who was in possession of a body armor, helmet and camera in order to broadcast his crime live on the Internet.
Buffalo Police Chief Joseph Gramalia said “10 people were killed” and 3 others injured, explaining that 11 of the total victims were black, and the other two were white, in this neighborhood inhabited by a majority of African Americans in Buffalo. . Gramalia added that the young man first shot 4 people in a supermarket parking lot, killing 3 of them, before entering the store where he carried out the massacre.
At the supermarket, a security guard shot him. But the young man, protected by his bulletproof vest, escaped unscathed and shot the guard, a retired policeman. When the police arrived quickly on the scene, the young man pointed his gun at his neck, before surrendering to them, according to Commissioner Grammaglia.
Arieh County Police Chief John Garcia called the attack a “hate crime” and “racism” committed by a man who “embodies evil”, quoted by AFP.
In the United States, “hate crime” traditionally refers to an act directed against a person because of elements of their identity, such as race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or specific disability.
Asked if the shooter faced the federal death penalty, the local prosecutor’s office said “all options are on the table.”
The assailant, who was carrying a camera, began broadcasting his crime on the Twitch platform, which she said was “shocked” and promised “zero tolerance for any form of violence”. The social network specifies that the content was deleted “two minutes” after the start of its broadcast, and that the attacker’s account was “permanently suspended”, specifying that “all accounts likely to republish this content are subject to censorship”.
The American media also referred to a racist “statement” published on the Internet, as is often the case for crimes committed by white supremacists. The New York Times, citing this “statement”, said the suspect was “inspired” by crimes committed by white supremacist extremists, including the 2019 massacre of 51 worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
For its part, the newspaper “Buffalo News” revealed that a pejorative and racist word to describe black people was written in white on the weapon. New York Governor Cathy Hawkell said on Twitter that it was “a horrific massacre by a white supremacist.”
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, an African American, revealed the assailant traveled for hours to commit his crime in a predominantly black neighborhood of Buffalo.
This incident recalls a racist massacre that occurred on August 3, 2019, when a 21-year-old far-right man killed 23 people, including 8 Mexicans and “Spanish speakers” in El Paso, Texas, and another on June 17, 2015 when a racist white man killed 9 African American worshipers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
The United States is witnessing almost daily shootings and murders in public places, while a number of major cities such as New York, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco have recorded an increase in crimes involving firearms; Especially since the spread of the “Covid 19” epidemic.
According to figures from the Small Arms Control Program (Small Arm Survey), the United States owned approximately 393 million firearms in 2017, more than the population. In 2021, about 45,000 people were killed by guns in the United States, including about 24,000 suicides, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
While the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to own guns, a slew of House initiatives to strengthen gun laws in Congress have failed in recent years, while the powerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association (NRA), remains very influential.