Justice Department Expected to File Federal Hate Crime Charges Against Dylann Roof in Charleston Shooting

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The U.S. Justice Department could file federal hate crime charges against the alleged gunman in last week’s deadly shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, law enforcement officials told The New York Times

Officials with both the FBI and Justice Department reportedly agreed the shooting was so racially motivated that the federal government had to address it.

Police arrested and charged 21-year-old Dylann Roof with the murder of nine African-American worshippers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has been assigned state public defenders, and first appeared in state court on Monday.

A judge set his bond last week at $1 million.

Roof reportedly told authorities his act was an effort to start a race war. He cited allegiance to a white supremacist group in an alleged manifesto uncovered on the Internet over the weekend.

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Source: Newsweek | 

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