In a parking lot on the western side of town they found their victim.
James Craig Anderson, a 49-year-old auto plant worker, was standing in a parking lot, near his car. The teens allegedly beat Anderson repeatedly, yelled racial epithets, including "White Power!" according to witnesses.
|James Craig Anderson and accused killer Deryl Dedmon|
Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith says a group of the teens then climbed into their large Ford F250 green pickup truck, floored the gas, and drove the truck right over Anderson, killing him instantly.
Mississippi officials say it was a racially motivated murder. What the gang of teens did not know was that a surveillance camera was focused on the parking lot that night, and many of the events, including the actual murder of Anderson, were captured live on videotape.
CNN has exclusively obtained that surveillance tape. The group of teens that night was led by 18-year-old Deryl Dedmon, Jr., of Brandon, Mississippi, according to police and officials.
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Comment: And we were thinking Mississippi's past was in the past.
Why would teenage white boys carry out a modern day lynching? What kind of props does whiteness confer on racist thugs like these when they brutalize black folk?
What is the value of black life inside of whiteness in 2011? What happened to Obama's post-racial America?
Last year in South Carolina a black man, Anthony Hill, was shot to death by his 19 year old co-worker who then dragged his body behind his truck for 11 miles.
What is it with white men killing black men and then dragging them behind pickup-trucks or running them over with a pickup? And what the hell is it with white boys and going out to "f*ck with some niggers"?
Do you remember the 1988 James Byrd Jr. case in Texas? And what about Mulugeta Seraw in Portland (Oregon) in the same year?
This kind of inhumane behavior is more than just an isolated dysfunction.
May James Craig Anderson, Anthony Hill, James Byrd Jr. and Mulugeta Seraw rest in peace.