An almost unbelievable outtake from Shelby police chief’s description of a fateful day

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Late on the evening of Wednesday, June 17, a 21-year old man, Dylann Roof, sat in a prayer group with several people at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. An hour later, he would kill 9 of them with a handgun, because he wanted “to kill black people.” Emanuel AME is a historic, African-American icon of a church in a town with a rich Black history.

Just over 12 hours later, on Thursday morning, Roof was captured while on the run in North Carolina after authorities pulled over a Hyundai sedan which the murderous youth had apparently piloted out of town. The FBI quickly stepped in and handled Roof’s questioning after his swift arrest, but prior to that, during transport, his handling by the police was particularly peculiar. According to the account Shelby police chief Jeff Ledford gave the Charlotte Observer, Roof complained of hunger, and was treated to a meal at Burger King.


Earlier in the day, Roof had bought water and chips at a south Charlotte gas station. Now he was hungry. Police bought him food from a nearby Burger King, Ledford said.

After slaughtering 9 people in a church, Roof was arrested, strapped with a protective bulletproof vest, then treated to burgers and fries.

If only these cops had handled Freddie Gray. Or would the series of events have been different?