AME Shooting

A judge has delayed the trial of Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old accused of killing nine Black members of Charleston’s Mother Emanuel AME Church in a race-inspired shooting earlier this year. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel agreed to push back the trial to no later than January to give both defense attorneys and federal prosecutors respective time […]

South Carolina will seek the death penalty for suspected Mother Emanuel AME church shooter Dylann Roof. The federal case against him also carries a possible death sentence.

The suspected gunman who killed two journalists Wednesday morning may have been motivated by the Charleston AME shooting.

The man accused of killing nine Black parishioners at the historic Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, S.C. was indicted on federal hate crime charges Wednesday, the New York Times reports. Dylann Roof, 21, was also indicted on other charges, including killing someone while obstructing religious freedom, a charge eligible for the death penalty. Roof, […]

The FBI announced Friday that Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old South Carolina man accused of killing nine Black people at Charleston’s Mother Emanuel AME church, should not have been able to purchase the gun used in the massacre. A loophole in the background check allowed Roof to acquire the .45-caliber handgun, the New York Times reports. Roof, who […]

The South Carolina House voted early Thursday to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds after more than 50 years, according to The New York Times. The final vote in the State House of Representatives, 94 to 20, was well above the two-thirds majority required to move the bill toward the desk of Gov. Nikki R. […]

South Carolina Solicitor Scarlett Wilson on Tuesday announced that a grand jury indicted Dylann Roof on nine counts of murder for the Charleston Mother Emanuel AME church shooting, NBC reports. Roof, who reportedly told friends that he intended to start a race war by targeting the historical Black church, was also charged with one count […]

UPDATE: Monday, July 6, 2015 4:50 PM EST In a 37-3 vote, the South Carolina Senate decided to remove the Confederate flag from State House grounds. But the physical act of removing the flag may take some time, NBC notes. The movement to take down the flag has two more hurdles: The bill needs to pass […]

Hartland, MN firefighter who flew Confederate flag on fire truck has been suspended, @AP reports. http://t.co/AXwiwj151u — Chris Hrapsky (@ChrisHrapsky) July 5, 2015 A volunteer firefighter from Hartland, Minnesota was suspended for flying a Confederate flag from his fire truck during a parade, the Huffington Post reports. Brian Nielsen placed the controversial flag on the back of his parade truck in […]

Amid the debate about what the Confederate flag stands for, a new poll reveals the majority of White Americans view the flag as a symbol of southern pride, not racism. The findings from the CNN/ORC poll aren’t surprising — the country remains divided on the issue and numbers have stayed nearly the same for 15 years. Fifty-seven percent of Americans currently […]

The seventh fire in 10 days to break out at a southern Black church may have been caused by lightning, the FBI announced Wednesday. Officials from the FBI have ruled out arson, CNN reports. The blaze at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville was the latest in a handful of fires to occur after […]

Who is burning black churches? Twitter outrage grows as seventh church burns down in 10 days http://t.co/8urzBHmOLy — Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) July 1, 2015 Mt. Zion AME Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina erupted in flames late Tuesday, becoming the seventh to burn in the past 10 days in an increasingly troubling list of fires at […]