Update: The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the death of a black man who Mississippi authorities say was intentionally run down by a white teenager in a pickup truck. Deborah Madden, an FBI spokeswoman in Mississippi, said Wednesday that the bureau is investigating the June 26 death of James Craig Anderson. Madden said the agency wants to “determine whether federal civil rights crimes occurred.”
For more on the FBI involvement in this case read here
ATLANTA (WAOK)-An Atlanta based human rights group is planning to hold a prayer vigil and rally for a man who was the victim of a hate crime in Jackson Mississippi. 49 year old James Anderson was beaten by a group of young white teens early Sunday June 26. Surveillance video shows Anderson being run over by the teens in a Ford truck after the beating. Anderson died from his injuries.
New Order Human Rights Orgnization Founder Gerald Rose says the group plans to hold a prayer vigil August 21st at 2 p.m. across the street from the hotel where the beating and subsequent murder happened. A rally is expected to follow the vigil.
Police in Jackson Mississippi say Darryl Dedmon, 18, was driving the truck that ran over Anderson killing him. Dedmon is charged with murder and is now in jail on a $800,000 bond. His alleged accomplice, John Rice, also 18, is out on bond and is charged with assault.
Several reports on the incident allege that Dedmon and Rice decided to ride into Jackson from Rankin County to mess with a black man on the night of the incident. By many accounts Anderson happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Although Dedmon and Rice have been charged in the case, civil rights leaders are calling for more of the teens to be charged. Police say two teenage girls were with Dedmon inside the car. They’re serving as witnesses and have not been charged.
Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith calls the murder a hate crime.
Here is a link to the video from CNN