Justice department decided to seek death penalty for Dylann Roof, a 22-year-old man involved in the Charleston Church shooting.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced in a statement on Tuesday, May 24, the decision of the justice department to pursue the death sentence for Dylann Roof.
“Following the department’s rigorous review process to thoroughly consider all relevant factual and legal issues, I have determined that the Justice Department will seek the death penalty,” A.G. Lynch said during a news conference.
Roof, a white supremacist, was involved in the shooting of nine African-Americans, including senior pastor and state senator Clementa C. Pinckney during an evening prayer service in Charleston church, South Carolina.
The action of the 22-year-old man, who confessed in court that he committed the shooting, propelled activist groups such as Black Matters organize events to commemorate the tragedy and fight for justice for the families of the victims involved.
All evidence that proves Roof’s guilt had been found and published several months ago. He was indicted on 33 federal hate crime charges in September, but there was no decision to pursue the death penalty until now.
A.G. Lynch explained that Roof’s possible death sentence was due to the “nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm.” It wasn’t just a hate crime, but an attempt to provoke a civil war, which is a direct threat to the integrity of the country and the lives of its citizens.
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