Sword death of black man is "assault" on diversity
Apr 03, 2017, 05:47
A white US Army veteran from Baltimore bent on making a racist attack took a bus to NY, the "media capital of the world", randomly picked out a black man who was collecting bottles on the street and killed him with a sword, police said on Wednesday (Thursday NZT).
Early Wednesday morning, a little more than 24 hours after the attack, Jackson walked into the police substation in Times Square and announced that he was wanted for murder. An ambulance arrived to take him to the nearest hospital, where Caughman died of his wounds, the New York Daily News reported.
According to police, Jackson wandered into the police station after noticing his photo in media reports.
"I'm the person that you're looking for."
The 28-year-old Baltimore, Maryland resident took a bus to NY on March 17 with the goal of targeting black men, according to NYPD Assistant Chief, Bill Aubry.
"The reason he picked NY is because it's the media capital of the world and he wanted to make a statement", Aubry said at the press conference. Jackson turned himself in about a day later after seeing security camera images of himself on the news. The increase in hate crimes follows a national trend, in which police say they are fielding increasing reports and concerns, according to the Independent.
Jackson was in the Army from 2009 to 2012 and worked as an intelligence analyst, the Army said.
Jackson confessed to investigators that he killed Caughman and that he thought of it as a test run before unleashing his violence on men in Times Square, prosecutors said.
"The defendant was motivated purely by hatred", she said.
Jackson is a U.S. Army veteran who was deployed in Afghanistan between December 2010 and November 2011. Media watchdog group FAIR pointed out that The New York Daily News included unnecessary information about where Caughman lived and also mentioned details about his criminal past. The white man with the slick haircut, dark suit coat, and button-down shirt allegedly rushed up to and savagely stabbed Caughman to death with an 18-inch knife bought online. He said he wanted to visit California someday.
"His intent was to kill as many black men here in NY as he could", Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon told Judge Herb Moses during Jackson's arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday.
"We are a safe city because we are inclusive". As New Yorkers, our diversity is our greatest strength, and we must continuously stand up for each other and celebrate our differences.
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