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White Extremism vs Radical Islamic Terrorism

Postby Corsair » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:40 pm


(CNN)A Georgia couple who rode with a Confederate flag-waving group that made armed threats against African-Americans at a child's birthday party were sentenced to prison Monday.

Jose "Joe" Torres, was sentenced to 20 years, with 13 years in prison, after a jury convicted him on three counts of aggravated assault, one count of making terroristic threats and one count of violating of Georgia's Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.

Kayla Norton was sentenced to 15 years, with six years in prison. She was convicted on one count of making terroristic threats and one count of violation of the Street Gang Act.

"Many people tried to make the case about simply flying the Confederate Battle Flag," Douglas County District Attorney Brian Fortner said in a statement. "This case was about a group of people riding around our community, drinking alcohol, harassing and intimidating our citizens because of the color of their skin."

On July 25, 2015, Torres and Norton, joined about a dozen other people in a convoy of pickup trucks waving large Confederate flags as they drove around Douglas County, a suburban Atlanta community. Most of them belonged to a group called "Respect the Flag."

"The convoy of trucks passed by the victim's residence where the victims were grilling hot dogs and hamburgers while hosting a child's birthday party featuring a bouncy castle, snow-cone machines, and a DJ," the district attorney's office posted on its official Facebook page.

The party-goers said the people in the trucks yelled racial slurs as they passed, the statement said.

The drivers parked the trucks near the house, prosecutors said. Torres was part of a smaller group that "threatened to kill the party goers while repeatedly using derogatory racial slurs against them," said the statement.

"Torres, who had retrieved a shotgun from his vehicle, pointed his shotgun at the group of African American party-goers and stated he was going to kill them while his co-defendants stated that 'the little ones can get one too,' referring to the young children at the party," the statement said.

Norton was accused of making similar threats. The victims said some member of Torres' group was armed with a knife and a tire tool.

According to the district attorney's statement, Torres testified he carried the shotgun because he feared for his friends' safety. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported members of "Respect the Flag" said people at the party had thrown objects at them.

CNN has tried to reach the two defendants' lawyers for comment.

After the arrests, investigators looked through the defendants' Facebook accounts, the statement said.

"Law enforcement was able to locate numerous posts and messages indicating that members of the group were white supremacists who discussed attending KKK rallies, joining Skinheads Nation, and making numerous derogatory remarks about African Americans as a whole," the DA's statement said.

Video of Monday's sentencing shot by WSB-TV, a CNN affiliate, showed both Torres and Norton breaking down in court as Judge William McClain handed down the sentence.

Norton apologized for her role in the incident saying, "I want you all to know that is not me. That is not me, that is not him. I would never walk up to you and say those words to you. I'm so sorry that happened to you. I am so sorry."

Hyesha Bryant, one of the people at the party, testified at the hearing and told Norton, "What you said affected my life. It affected my children's lives."
But Bryant ended up telling Norton that "I forgive you, I forgive all of you."

'They have to learn to forgive themselves'

Melissa Alford, who hosted the birthday party, told HLN's Ashleigh Banfield on Tuesday that she still feels emotional about what happened in 2015, but justice was served.
"I think Judge Beau McClain did what he had to do" at the sentencing, she said. "I know justice was served."

Like Bryant, Alford was concerned about the lasting impact the day had on the children at the party, but she also has forgiven the defendants.

"Yes, I did forgive them. They have to learn to forgive themselves for their wrongdoing," Alford said.

For her, offering forgiveness was more about finding peace. "I'm not going around hating anyone."

She also shared with Banfield that the children who were at the party are still confused.

One of her grandchildren is white, she added. "How am I supposed to explain the difference between white and black when she doesn't see that. How are the other kids supposed to explain?"

Banished

A jury convicted Torres and Norton on February 6. They are both banished from Douglas County when they're released from prison.

Fifteen members of the Respect the Flag group were originally indicted. The disposition of all their cases is unknown, but the district attorney said some of them pleaded guilty to similar charges and received shorter sentences.



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Re: White Extremism

Postby deltbucs » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:42 pm

In before the conservatives start laughing at this.
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Re: White Extremism

Postby mightyleemoon » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:45 pm

****ing immigrants.


Wait...which corsair thread is this?
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Re: White Extremism

Postby Corsair » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:55 pm

Indian man killed in possibly racial shooting at Kansas bar

OLATHE, Kan. – A man has been charged with murder in what some witnesses described as a racially motivated shooting at a crowded suburban Kansas City bar that left one Indian man dead and two other men hospitalized.

Local police are working with the FBI to investigate the shooting Wednesday night in Olathe, Kansas, but have declined to describe the attack as a hate crime.

A bartender at Austins Bar and Grill said Adam Purinton used "racial slurs" before he opened fire as patrons watched the University of Kansas-TCU basketball game on television. Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, died at a hospital, while 32-year-old Alok Madasani and 24-year-old Ian Grillot are hospitalized in stable condition, police said.

Purinton, 51, was taken into custody about five hours after the shooting after he told a bartender at an Applebee's some 70 miles away in Clinton, Missouri, that he had been involved in a shooting. He has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

A spokesman for India's External Affairs Ministry, Vikas Swarup, said Kuchibhotla was from the southern state of Telangana. Sushma Swaraj, India's External Affairs Minister, said Kuchibhotla's body would be transported to the city of Hyderabad, where his family lives.

The LinkedIn accounts for Kuchibhotla and Madasani describe them as engineers for GPS device-maker Garmin, which has a customer service center in Olathe.

India's government said its diplomats would monitor progress in the investigation in Kansas.

Asked at a news conference Thursday if the involvement of federal authorities indicated the shooting might be considered a hate crime, FBI special agent Eric Jackson said it was too early to determine.

"This was a violent crime and we want the best prosecution that relates to this because there are victims of this crime and we want the community to know that. ... We're looking to make sure that the individual involved in this is held accountable for his actions."

Bartender Garret Bohnen told the Kansas City Star that Kuchibhotla and Madasani stopped at Austins for a drink once or twice a week.

"From what I understand when he was throwing racial slurs at the two gentlemen (Kuchibhotla and Madasani), Ian (Grillot) stood up for them," Bohnen said. "We're all proud of him."

Witnesses also told the Star that Purinton yelled "get out of my country" before he opened fire.

Grillot said in an interview from his hospital bed that when the gunfire started, he hid until nine shots had been fired and he thought the suspect's gun magazine was empty.

"I got up and proceeded to chase him down, try to subdue him," Grillot said in a video from the University of Kansas Health System. "I got behind him and he turned around and fired a round at me."

Grillot said that the bullet went through his hand and into his chest, just missing a major artery.

"It's not about where he (the victim) was from or his ethnicity," Grillot said. "We're all humans, so I just did what was right to do."

GoFundMe pages have been established to help pay the victims' expenses.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas posted a statement on Facebook saying he was disturbed by the shooting.

"I strongly condemn violence of any kind, especially if it is motivated by prejudice and xenophobia," Moran said.
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Re: White Extremism

Postby Rocker » Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:09 pm

Sweet! Identity politics in the thread title!
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Re: White Extremism

Postby deltbucs » Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:30 pm

deltbucs wrote:In before the conservatives start laughing at this.

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Re: White Extremism vs Radical Islamic Terrorism

Postby SDBucs » Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:46 pm

Neither is good nor welcome.

One just happens at a much higher rate throughout the entire world and seems to be defended, hell refused to even be acknowledged by a much louder group.
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Re: White Extremism vs Radical Islamic Terrorism

Postby SDBucs » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:20 am

What's funny is Corsair is so deep down the liberal rabbit hole that it's only vs White Extremism, don't include any other race though
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Re: White Extremism vs Radical Islamic Terrorism

Postby Ken Carson » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:26 am

Anyone who uses half of the thread title to diminish the other half is ***hole.
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Re: White Extremism vs Radical Islamic Terrorism

Postby beardmcdoug » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:36 am

It would be interesting to see a comprehensive global, multicultural analysis, or even just domestic - if you feel like making a point about what problems specifically plague the US. Maybe we could learn something. Maybe there could be a broadening of perspective. This copy + paste of anecdotal stories with nothing else added is pretty boring and basic though, to be honest. Your prerogative though; just kind of lame premise IMO
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Re: White Extremism

Postby Bootz2004 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:13 am

deltbucs wrote:
deltbucs wrote:In before the conservatives start laughing at this.

Winning!


You made it just in time too!
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