Even decades after his death, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. may be setting fanatics on edge as a result of his revolutionary role in the Civil Rights Movement.
An incident Monday involving a bomb planted on the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Washington appears to have been racially motivated, according to the FBI and the city’s mayor.
“The confluence of the holiday, the march and the device is inescapable,” Frank Harrill, an FBI special agent in Spokane, told The Associated Press, “but we are not at the point where we can draw any particular motive.”
He said the concealed device was found — and successfully defused — by city officials just one hour before the parade, which implied it was racially motivated. Spokane has a history of crimes linked to white supremacists.
Mary Verner, the mayor of Spokane, did not act as if the day bore no relevance to the act.
“I was struck that on a day when we celebrate Dr. King, a champion of non-violence, we were faced with a significant violent threat,” she told AP. “This is unacceptable in our community, or any community.”
Monday was a federal holiday slated for the 81st birthday of Dr. King, the civil rights hero and Nobel Peace Prize winner who was assassinated at the age of 39.
An FBI statement after the incident described it as “domestic terrorism,” warning that the device could have killed multiple people.
“Suffice it to say it was of grave concern,” Harrill told NBC News.
Trump plans to attack the ‘left wing mob’ in culture war tirade at Mount Rushmore: report
On Friday evening, President Donald Trump will deliver a Fourth of July speech in front of Mount Rushmore. And according to ABC News reporter Will Steakin, the president plans to use the speech to engage in culture war saber-rattling, attacking the "left wing mob" for pushing to remove Confederate statues and other monuments that glorify racist aspects of American history.
Trump Rushmore speech will slam “left wing mob” trying to tear down “our history," campaign official briefed tells @ABC News
‘Reprehensible’ cops fired for reenacting chokehold at memorial site: ‘A crime against humanity and decency’
Four former police officers are out of work over "reprehensible" photos taken at a memorial site where a 23-year-old Black man was killed by police while walking home.
"Aurora’s interim police chief on Friday fired two of the three officers who posed for a photo last October reenacting a chokehold at the site of Elijah McClain’s violent arrest — the third officer already had resigned — and terminated another officer who received the photo," The Denver Post reported Friday. "That officer, Jason Rosenblatt, was one of the three officers involved in McClain’s death last summer."
DC police union buried in mockery after accidentally revealing their own incompetence in stopping crime
On Friday, the Twitter account for the Washington, D.C. police union posted statistics on a recent upswing in crime rates in the area — trying to imply that police accountability reforms in the wake of the George Floyd killing are preventing officers from doing their jobs.
YoY Crime Stats in DC 6/3 - 7/3
Homicide ⬆️28%Armed Robbery ⬆️33%Shootings ⬆️41%Burglary ⬆️45%Stolen Auto ⬆️45%
This is what ‘knee-jerk’ policies look like in your neighborhood.