This is sparking some serious outrage. What do you think? Are Dylann Roof’s family members also victims here?
The judge who arraigned Dylann Roof sparked outrage when he referred to the 21-year-old’s family as ‘victims’ and urged the community to ‘rally round them’.
Charleston County Magistrate James Gosnell Jr told the court on Friday: ‘We have victims – nine of them. But we also have victims on the other side. There are victims on this young man’s side of the family.’
The bizarre statement prompted outcry from the victims’ families in the public gallery, and a torrent of complaints branding him ‘insensitive’ and ‘racist’.
And it has since emerged Gosnell was reprimanded in 2003 for using the n-word in court, when he told a black defendant: ‘There are four kinds of people in this world – black people, white people, red necks, and n—rs.’
Nonetheless, after Gosnell was appointed to handle the Charleston shooting case on Friday, when Dylann Roof admitted to shooting nine people.
He opened the court with his appeal to support Roof’s family, adding: ‘Nobody would have ever thrown them into the whirlwind of events that they are being thrown into.
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