Friday, May 29, 2015

DOJ: No evidence "Byrd's death was a homicide."

The Justice Department issued the following press release:

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice announced today that following its investigation into the death of Otis James Byrd that there is no evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges in the death of Byrd. 

Officials from the Justice Department=s Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney=s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) met today with Byrd’s family to inform them of the decision.  Byrd, a 54-year old African-American man, was discovered hanging from a tree in Port Gibson, Mississippi, on March 19, 2015.

Justice Department investigators, working alongside state and local officials, conducted a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding Byrd’s death to determine whether his death was a homicide, and therefore within the scope of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.    

Under the applicable federal criminal civil rights statute, prosecutors must establish, beyond a reasonable doubt, that an individual willfully caused bodily injury because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or disability. 

After a careful and thorough review, a team of experienced federal prosecutors and FBI agents determined that there was no evidence to prove that Byrd’s death was a homicide.  Accordingly, the investigation into this incident has been closed.

 The Justice Department is committed to investigations of allegations of hate crimes and will continue to devote the resources required to ensure that all allegations of serious civil rights violations are fully and completely investigated. 



Anonymous said...

Bet this won't be reported nationally, as was the "BLACK MAN IN MISSISSIPPI FOUND HANGING FROM A TREE".

Anonymous said...

I am glad the DOJ was involved in this.

Anonymous said...

Now we hold our breath for the apologies of sensationalist media hacks who immediately insinuated a hate crime occurred? Right.

Anonymous said...

But the family plans to have their own folks investigate.... I mean they got the final word from Obama's DOJ!!!

Anonymous said...

Great. Now how about arresting the group of black thugs that beat Ralph Weems within an inch of his life? 3 out of 20 isn't going to cut it, no matter how much that racist police chief thinks it will.

Anonymous said...

Please do not base this investigation on mere facts as there is so much speculation to be considered.

Anonymous said...

The family is not satisfied with the findings of the DOJ because the report did not say what they wanted it to say. They want to drag this out forever and somewhere along the way, someone might give them some money! This crap makes me sick! Always looking for something for nothing!!!!

The Heat Of The Night said...

Ironic that his name was James Byrd and the name of the hate crimes act is the James Byrd hate crimes act.

Seems as if Obama's Justice Department is batting about zero on all these 'nationally attentioned' investigations. Mississippi, Florida, Missouri...............others?

Can't we just have a beer summit and get along?

Anonymous said...

Once you lose your reputation, it takes a lot of good behavior and zero bad behavior for folks to believe you've changed.

Let's assume Iran stops being controlled officially by Ayatollahs and claims to have a secular government. They claim not to be supporting as a government any radical groups like Hamas. They do support groups who do however have people in them who used to be members of Hamas or their fathers were but they don't wear robes and wrap their heads anymore, they just have some negative comments about America and non-believers.

Are you going to trust them?

Assume Hamas and ISIS and the Tailban are disbanded in defeat. Will those people saying in 50 or even 100 years from now that what ISIS or The TAliban was doing to Christians " was just a long time ago" make you believe it?

Will you especially believe it if a good number of people living in those areas of Pakistan or Afghanistan where ISIS and The Taliban found sympathizers if 50 years from now those folks are saying " that was a long time ago"? If they stop saying Death to America but just keep pointing out the negative things about America and calling Christians non-believers rather than infidels, will that make you feel anything has really changed? If they are urging Muslims to leave areas of their communities where ex-Pat Americans and Christians live and point out constantly all the problems in those communities, will you think things have changed?

I don't think so.

Citizen's Alarm Citizen's Alarm said...

What the farkin' hell has that got to do with 'suicide by tree'?

Al Jesse said...

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson should lead a protest in front of the DOJ headquarters in Washington and vilify the U. S. Attorney General.

Anonymous said...

Sorry but a past reputation is hard to overcome. Maybe if this had not happened on a regular basis in the past the DOJ would not have had to get involved. Thanks a lot KKK!

Guilty Until Proven Innocent said...

This makes three times in recent memory that Jesse and the DOJ have investigated hangings in Mississippi. All were a waste of taxpayer dollers. But, those yank lawyers got to eat some fine soul food for six weeks.

Double Standard said...

When will 'Justice' arrive at the Memphis airport and head into Mississippi to find out who burned Jessica alive? Wait, she was white.

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