73-year-old man accused in the shooting deaths of three people in Kansas City will face hate crime charges
According to law enforcement officials, a 73-year-old man accused in the shooting deaths of 3 individuals in Kansas City on Sunday will face hate crime charges on Monday.
At a news conference, news reporters were told by Overland Park Police Chief John, “This was a hate crime”.
The suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross, who also used the name Frazier Glenn Miller, is said to have connections with many hate groups.
It is meant by the hate crime designation that Cross can face both federal and state charges in relation to the killings at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and at the Village Shalom Retirement Center, both in Overland Park, Kan., a Kansas City suburb.
U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas, Barry Grissom said, “The U.S. attorney’s office will file hate crime charges against the defendant. We will be presenting it to the grand jury in the not too distant future”.
On Sunday, Cross committed the crimes at two different locations which are almost a mile far from each other, within a half-hour period beginning around 1 p.m. Central time, according to the police. Cross had a shotgun, a handgun and other weapons in his vehicle which were found by police patrols.
The victims were identified by the police as 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood and Underwood’s grandfather, 69-year-old William Lewis Corporon, both shot at the community center. Reat was a freshman at Blue Valley High School in Kansas and was with his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center to audition for the KC SuperStar singing competition. The third victim was an occupational therapist, 53-year-old Terri LaManno, who according to the police was visiting her mother at the retirement center.
The shooter was shouting neo-Nazi slogans as he was taken away by the police, told Rabbi Herbert Mandl, chaplain for the Overland Park Police Department to CNN. Mandl also said he was asking the individuals whether they were Jewish before he fired.
According to the KCTV report, he was yelling “Heil Hitler” during the arrest.
The authorities said that no victims of the shooting were identified as Jewish, 2 victims are believed to be Christian.
Cross was tracked by his fake name Miller by the Southern Poverty Law Center, according to the man who founded and ran the Carolina KKK before he was sued by the SPLC “for operating an illegal paramilitary organization and using intimidation tactics against African Americans”. After sometime, he founded another Klan outfit, the White Patriot Party, which put him in violation of the terms that settled the suit brought by the SPLC. In 1986, he was found in criminal contempt and served six months in jail. He was caught in Missouri with other Klansmen with a bulk of weapons, according to the SPLC.
Cross has used both names and it was shown by the public records search.
The new reports showed that in 2010, Cross ran for the U.S. Senate and the House in 2006, inciting fear among voters when his ads urged whites to “take the country back” from Jews and “mud people”.
The hate crime is identified by the FBI as “a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias”. What matters is the bias of the person committing the crime, even if the victims do not belong to the group targeted in this case believed to be Jews, according to federal hate-crime statutes.
In 2012, no anti-semetic homicides in its hate crime statistics were recorded by FBI. The incident comes at a time when the Anti-Defamation League marked a 14% decrease in anti-Semitic incidents in 2012.
News Source: www.WashingtonPost.com