Dispatcher: State Police.If you go to Google News and type in:
Thornton: Yeah, this 911?
Dispatcher: Yeah, can I help you?
Thornton: This is Omar Thornton, the, uh, the shooter over in Manchester.
Dispatcher: Yes, where are you, sir?
Thornton: I'm in the building. Uh, you probably want to know the reason why I shot this place up. This place here is a racist place.
Dispatcher: Yup, I understand that
Thornton: They treat me bad over here, and they treat all the other black employees bad over here too, so I just take it into my own hands and I handled the problem – I wish I coulda got more of the people.
you get this busy page and at least nine more like it
But, if you go to Google News and type in: "hate crime" thornton
You get crickets chirping. To be exact, you get two links back, but both to public comments, not to reporting. If you type in:
"hate crime" manchester
You get those two comments, plus three more miscellaneous webpages that don't have anything to do with Omar Thorton shooting ten middle-aged white men and then explaining "the reason why I shot this place up. This place here is a racist place." After all, that can't be a hate crime. The first question that must be asked about whether something is a hate crime is always "Who? Whom?"
From the Associated Press: