If a man kills 6 people and says he killed them because they’re white cops, would you say that is a hate crime?
John Dickerson of CBS Face The Nation, interviewed Secretary of Homeland Security’s Jeh Johnson Sunday. Even though Jeh admitted that Dallas shooter Micah Johnson said he,”wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers”, Jeh followed that up with something very disturbing.
Dickerson interrogated Jeh asking, “You said there’s no link to a terrorist organization here, but the shooting in Dallas was by any definition terrorism and a hate crime, wasn’t it?” Jeh’s response was that it was ‘too early’ to deem the murder of 6 officers for being white police as a hate crime.
WATCH BELOW as Secretary of the Homeland Security Department Jeh Johnson with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton giving updates on Dallas shooter Micah Johnson. This interview aired July 10, 2016 broadcast of “Face the Nation.”
Jeh’s interview saying it’s ‘too late’ to call this a hate crime just a couple days after Barack Obama said it’s too ‘hard to untangle motives of this shooter’.
First of all, I think it’s very hard to untangle the motives of this shooter. As we’ve seen in a whole range of incidents with mass shooters, they’re, by definition, troubled. By definition, if you shoot people who pose no threat to you—strangers—you have a troubled mind. What triggers that, what feeds it, what sets it off—I’ll leave that to psychologists and people who study these kinds of incidents.
WATCH Obama’s sick press conference below…