By Theodore Shoebat
Governor of Texas, Greg Abbot, has announced that the El Paso shooter who murdered 20 people and injured dozens of others, will be prosecuted for hate crime, as we read in a report from BBC:
Officials have not offered a precise motive for the attack, which also left 26 injured, but El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said investigators were looking into a document that could indicate a “potential nexus to a hate crime”.
He appeared to be referring to a text posted on 8chan, an online message board frequently used by the far right, which describes a “cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion”, alluding to Hispanic people in the US.
The four-page document, reportedly posted some 20 minutes before police received the first emergency call, also expresses support for the gunman who killed 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.
“We’re going to aggressively prosecute it both as capital murder but also as a hate crime, which is exactly what it appears to be,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott told reporters. He called it “one of the most deadly days in the history” of the state.
The man – named by US media as Patrick Crusius – opened fire with an assault-style rifle and surrendered after being confronted by officers outside the store, police said.
When you look at all the factors, the fact that he wrote a manifesto specifying that the purpose of his bloodshed was to scare Hispanics from coming to the US, it makes perfect sense to prosecute for hate crime.