James Harris Jackson has been charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime in a Manhattan criminal court.
A white supremacist who admitted to fatally stabbing a black homeless man in Manhattan turned himself in hours after the incident.
James Harris Jackson, 28, from Maryland walked into the Midtown South precinct station and told police he traveled to New York to kill black men and to “make a statement.” He told the police that he was wanted for murder and also added that he had knives his pockets.
“I’m the person you’re looking for,” he said.
Timothy Caughman, 66, was stabbed multiple times. The injured man rushed to a to a police precinct for help and was brought to Bellevue Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
According to authorities, Jackson carried out the attack in order to gather attention. They also described him as someone who had garnered hatred toward black men.
William Aubry, assistant chief of the New York City Police Department said, “The reason why he picked New York is ’cause it’s the media capital of the world. And he wanted to make a statement.”
Authorities further added that Jackson traveled to New York from Baltimore on a Bolt Bus. He stayed at a hotel in midtown and proceeded to wander through the city.
However, initial investigations give little clue as to what prompted the stabbing.
“Based on statements that he made as well as a preliminary review of video, it reveals that the attack on Timothy Caughman was clearly racially motivated and was specifically intending to target male blacks for assault,” added Aubry.
He further added, “Jackson has been harboring these types of feelings for quite some time. It’s well over 10 years that he’s been harboring these feelings of hate towards male blacks.”
Jackson was identified only as a Baltimore resident and military veteran. He served in the Army for more than three years. According to Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson, an Army spokesperson, he was deployed to Afghanistan between December 2010 and November 2011. He then served as a military intelligence analyst and left the service in August 2012 with the rank of specialist.
Melissa Mark-Viverito (D), speaker of the New York City Council, tied the attack to a recent spike in reports of hate crimes, both in the city and nationwide, and invoked the election of President Donald Trump, saying in a statement that the attack highlighted a growing divide that he "has only made worse." She also called Jackson a white supremacist.
Ever since Trump assumed office, his xenophobic rhetoric has spiked such hate related incidents. The White House has remained silent when such incidents of racism occurred. However, it is about time that they understand the difference between dismissal and condemnation.
A white man admits he went to NYC to kill black people, stabs & kills a man, and the news still says it only MIGHT be a hate crime??— Maya Sugg (@mmaayyaabb) March 22, 2017
Disgusting. A white supremacist was behind the stabbing death of a black man in Midtown. https://t.co/beB5umzrLW— Faiza N. Ali (@faiza_n_ali) March 23, 2017
Currently on NBC News: a White man traveled from Maryland to NY specifically to kill Black people. Tell me again how racism no long exists— Lafred (@DevynGenae) March 23, 2017
White supremacist who came to NYC to 'kill black people' and stabbed a homeless black man to death was a military intelligence expert— donaldmbele (@kjw76honda) March 23, 2017
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