Shooting In Charleston: FBI Moves To Dismiss Lawsuit

The FBI is making attempts to make the federal judge discharge the lawsuit holding them responsible for the shooting in Charleston.

The FBI are trying so hard now to dismiss the lawsuit which was filed in connection with the shooting in Charleston, accusing them for negligence. The whole drama is currently far from over as the judges are still dealing with the case. The following contains facts from reliable sources to give you an in-depth of the case.


The FBI wants a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the agency of negligence in last summer’s South Carolina church shooting, arguing that the agency was stymied by state and federal limits on background checks and local errors in record-keeping as it reviewed Dylann Roof’s handgun purchase.

The June 17, 2015, shootings by a young white man of nine black parishioners who had welcomed him to their Bible study renewed debates about race relations in the South. Roof was arrested in the shooting after posing online with the Confederate flag and telling a friend he intended to kill people at the historic black church to start a race war. The battle flag was subsequently removed from places of honor.

Lawyers for three survivors and the estates of five of the people slain inside Emanuel AME Church sued in July, arguing that if the FBI had done its job, Roof’s prior drug arrest would have shown up and his purchase of the .45-caliber handgun would have been denied.

In its response filed on Friday, the federal government denied that any FBI negligence was a factor.Read more.


The shooting at the Emanuel AME Church was an atrocity of unspeakable proportions. The perpetrator’s actions were despicable,” attorneys for the government wrote. “But the United States is not liable in tort for the tragic death of plaintiff’s decedent.”

The FBI response cited a statement FBI Director James Comey made shortly after the shootings. Comey promised a full review and said the transaction should have been denied, but cited local record-keeping errors as the reason why Roof’s April 2015 gun purchase was allowed to go through. Read more.


Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon told The Associated Press that a jail clerk’s error, which was noticed within days, was not fixed in the state database. Two months later when Roof went to purchase a gun, the FBI noticed the drug arrest, but called the wrong agency to get his records. After three business days and without the proper documents, the purchase was allowed to go through.

“While the Brady Act authorizes the FBI to temporarily freeze firearms sales for three business days while it researches whether state or federal law prohibits a particular buyer from possessing a firearm, the FBI has no authority to prevent a sale if, after those three business days have elapsed, it has not yet found definitive information demonstrating that the prospective purchaser’s receipt of a firearm would violate federal or state law,” the government’s lawyers wrote.

Congress has limited federal background checks to three days, although states can extend this window. South Carolina legislators filed a number of bills to increase the window after the shootings, but none advanced.

The FBI makes about 58,000 checks on a typical day, handled by about 500 people at a call center. The agency has reported that about 2 percent of the checks end without enough information to give an answer within the three-day window.

Roof is currently jailed pending death penalty trials in both state and federal court on charges including murder and hate crimes. His federal trial is scheduled for November, with his state trial planned for early next year.Read more.

Once again another state agency wants to cover-up for their inactions that have caused the lives of innocent people. They think they can always have their way around the law. Nevertheless, the justice system in America has so many loopholes which have made such practices possible. The FBI is fully guilty for the shooting in Charleston and they should accept responsibility for their inaction. It’s amazing how state officials in the United States really think that Black lives do not matter. They seem to treat issues concerning Black people so likely as though it means nothing. They better awaken to the reality that our lives matter and we will stand for our rights.

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