Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Terrorism hysteria was used to convict Willie J. DePriest Jr who allegedly wounded a bystander, while shooting at police during a race riot, last March in Benton Harbor, Michigan. DePriest, 35, was found guilty of rioting and assault with intent to murder, both the bystander who was shot in the thigh, and the police chief, and sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in prison. Under Michigan state law, the definition of terrorism includes willful and deliberate actions, violent felonies that endangered people and are meant to interfere with or coerce government. The riot began when a black motorcyclist crashed and died, while being chased by police.