Two Florida corrections officers and one former officer trainee have been arrested in a plot to kill a Black inmate who was being released from prison, the Florida Attorney General’s office said Thursday, according to CNN.
The men, Thomas Jordan Driver, 25; David Elliot Moran, 47; and Charles Thomas Newcomb, 42, were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and face up to 30 years in jail if convicted, the report says.
The arrests came after an FBI informant infiltrated a branch of the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and learned about the alleged plot.
Driver told the informant that he had gotten into a fight with the inmate and that he and Moran wanted him “six feet under,” according to court documents.
To convince the suspects that the deed had been done, the FBI staged a fake homicide scene with the former inmate and took pictures to show them that he had been killed…
The attorney general said such hate would not be tolerated.
“We will not tolerate nor will we ever remain silent over the violence of hatred embedded in prejudice in this country,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said.
Good for Bondi for not only acknowledging persistent racism in this country, but doing something about it.
SOURCE: CNN | VIDEO: NDN