Last week, the horrific story of James Harris Jackson, who travelled from Maryland to Manhattan for the sole purpose of murdering black people, shocked the country. Now, after Jackson stabbed a man to death on the street, he'll be facing charges of terrorism.
In fact, according to CNN, Jackson will face both hate crime and terrorism charges as he is tried for the death of Timothy Caughman. When Jackson confessed he specifically admitted to targeting a black man and saw the murder of Caughman as a practice run for more killings.
"James Jackson prowled the streets of New York for three days in search of a black person to assassinate in order to launch a campaign of terrorism against our Manhattan community and the values we celebrate," said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. in a statement.
The issue was even brought up to White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a briefing on Monday. "Hate crimes and anti-Semitic crimes of any nature should be called out in the most reprehensible way," said Spicer, pivoting away from the matter at hand. "There is no room for that in our country."
“It hurt to see that man like that, doing that to someone I grew up with,” said Carl Nimmons, a lifelong friend of Caughman's, to The New York Times. “I didn’t know I was going to react like that until I seen him. I just want to see justice done, for him to get what he need to get.”
In total, Jackson was charged with with murder as an act of terrorism in the first and second degrees, murder in the second degree as a hate crime, and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
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