Law enforcement being lauded for the apprehension of Dylann Roof need to reflect on militance used on this case versus other national newsmakers.
Shortly after his arrest on the morning of June 18 for the murder of nine innocent Black people in Charleston’s Emanuel AME church, Shelby, North Carolina police officers fed Dylann Roof Burger King because the poor sap hadn’t eaten “in a couple of days.” On the house, of course.
Via Charlotte Observer:
Shelby police Chief Jeff Ledford told the Observer on Friday that authorities found a .45-caliber handgun in Roof’s car.
In Shelby, the FBI handled Roof’s initial questioning, Ledford said. Shelby police’s lone conversation with the mass-murder suspect was about food. Earlier in the day, Roof had bought water and chips at a south Charlotte gas station. Now he was hungry. Police bought him food from a nearby Burger King, Ledford said.
“He was very quiet, very calm. He didn’t talk,” Ledford said. “He sat down here very quietly. He was not problematic.”
Just so we’re clear, a suspected–and obviously guilty–murderer who prompted a statewide manhunt deserved “to have it his way.”
“He had promised us that when something big happened, that we would be contacted and would be asked to be there,” said Strickland Maddox, one of a handful of pastors who answered the chief’s call to action after Roof’s capture.
“Organized chaos,” Ledford later called it. “Because there were so many moving parts.”
Including feeding the unexpected arrestee.
“He hadn’t eaten, they said, in a couple of days,” Maddox told Yahoo News. “They bought him a hamburger. They just sent out for it. I guess one of the police officers went and picked it up.”
Ledford confirmed that this purchase was made.
“He did have something to eat while he was there, and he was secured in cuffs the entire time,” the chief said.
Remember, Freddie Gray got arrested with a switchblade and couldn’t even make it to the police station with his life. Meanwhile, Roof confessed to gunning down people in a church with racist motives and gets his stomach’s whims satisfied, as if the prison wasn’t serving slop later on that day.
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