White Teens Run Over, Kill Mississippi Man
A 49-year-old African American Mississippi man was recently viciously beaten and killed by a group of seven white teens who apparently randomly targeted the auto plant worker in a racially motivated hate crime.
The victim, James Craig Anderson, was standing beside his car in a parking lot in Jackson, Mississippi when two-carloads of white teenagers pummeled him repeatedly while yelling out racial slurs, according to reports by cnn.com. Several of the group, yelled out “White Power” during the mob beating. The group then jumped back into their vehicles with one car running over Anderson as they vacated the scene. Most of the event was captured live on surveillance camera.
According to law enforcement officials, the seeds for the tragic event were planted earlier that night when one of the teens, Daryl Dedmon Jr, suggested, "let's go f*ck with some n*ggers," prompting the group to drive to a predominantly black area in nearby Jackson to look for some trouble..
They reportedly saw Anderson standing in the parking lot as soon as they got off the exit ramp and then the beating began.
"I ran that n*gger over," Dedmon allegedly said in a phone conversation to the teens in the other car after driving over a bewildered Anderson.
Dedmon, 18 , has been charged with murder and now faces a possible double life sentence. John Aaron Rice, 18, has been charged with simple assault, for his part in the beating. They are the only two teen currently charged in the crime.
Eighteen-year-old Deryl Dedmon of Brandon, Mississippi, is accused of beating then savagely smashing 49-year-old James Anderson with a pickup truck before boasting, 'I ran that n****r over'. CCTV footage shows the attackers driving into a parking lot and beating Anderson, while repeatedly yelling racist phrases including, 'white power', according to witnesses.
In the clip (below), Anderson is shown staggering towards the headlights of the truck after being beaten, before the vehicle surges ahead, running him over and killing him instantly.
The group of teens, led by Dedmon, had been partying and drinking in a middle-class neighbourhood in the predominantly white Rankin County on June 26, when Dedmon told friends they should leave, saying 'let's go f**k with some n*****s', according to police.
Seven teenagers got into Dedmon's green Ford 250 truck and a white SUV Cherokee and drove 16 miles to the western edge of Jackson, which is a largely black area, just before dawn on the Sunday morning. As they left Interstate 20, they spotted Mr. Anderson in a parking lot beside the exit ramp. 'This is the first business that you get to coming off the highway and so that was the first person that was out here and vulnerable,' district attorney Robert Shuler Smith told CNN.
The surveillance footage shows the vehicles driving into the parking lot and stopping where Mr. Anderson is standing just off camera. The teenagers are shown going between the cars and Mr. Anderson, as witnesses say they repeatedly beat him. Two girls get back into the pick-up truck with Dedmon and the video shows Mr Anderson staggering towards the vehicle.
The truck suddenly charges forward, running him over before speeding away from the scene.
Shortly after, Dedmon boasted and laughed about the killing telling friends in the other car on the phone 'I ran that n****r over', according to witness statements. 'He was not remorseful he was laughing, laughing about the killing,' said Mr Smith.
'This was a crime of hate. Dedmon murdered this man because he was black. The evidence will show that.' The grieving family of Mr Anderson said they are shocked at the horrific attack.
'It appears there is no doubt that this was a racially motivated killing,' their attorney told CNN. "The family is still in shock still in disbelief.' The suspected ringleader Deryl Dedmon has been charged with murder and faces a possible double life sentence.
During a bond hearing, his lawyer said that there was nothing to back up the 'racial allegations'. A second teenager, John Aaron Rice, 18, has been charged with simple assault for his part in the attack. Neither suspect has entered a plea. The other teenagers in the group have not been charged.