Three Plead Guilty to Hate Crimes in Killing of a Black Man

Three teenagers in Jackson, Mississippi are being charged for the murder of a black man named James C. Anderson. They admitted that they went around the city looking for black people to harass. Deryl Dedmon, 19, and his two friends, John A. Rice, 18, and Dylan Butler, 20, were charged for violating Anderson’s civil rights. They pleaded guilty and face up to five years for the conspiracy charge and up to a life sentence for hate crime. Dedmon was charged a double life sentence for running Anderson over with his car at a motel parking lot. The murder was based on racism and several marches were made in Jackson about the police and prosecutors not being aggressive enough. The teenagers have been looking for blacks to assault for a long time; usually going for homeless people who they thought wouldn’t report it. When Anderson was attacked, he looked drunk and locked his keys inside his car in a parking lot off the highway. This incident shows that hate crimes still exist today because of racism.

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