If the Trayvon Martin case and Baltimore uprising triggered Roof, then the April 2015 killing of Walter Scott could have been the tipping point. It was closer to home (North Charleston, SC) and led to police officer Michael Slager’s arrest. Pinckney had also railed against police misconduct and lobbied lawmakers to make body cameras mandatory. This likely put Pinckney in Roof’s cross hairs. Future attempts to dismantle inequality and the police state created by politicians – black and white – could spawn the next Dylann Roof.

 

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