Video Captures Black Man’s Beating and Killing

August 9, 2011  |  

(New York Times) — At first, the early-morning death of James C. Anderson, 49, appeared to be a hit-and-run accident.  Mr. Anderson, an African-American who worked at a local automobile plant, was near his car in a motel parking lot in Jackson, Miss., on an early June morning when he was hit by a pickup truck.  But Robert Shuler Smith, the Hinds County district attorney, believes he was beaten and killed by a group of white teenagers from a predominantly white town who had been at an all-night party and drove 16 miles to Jackson looking for African-Americans to, in the words of one witness, “mess with.”  A motel worker who saw the assault said one of the teenagers yelled “white power” after beating Mr. Anderson. Other witnesses told the police that one of the suspects laughed and bragged about the beating and running down Mr. Anderson.

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