Author Note This paper is being submitted on July 11, 2015, for Susan Murray’s J106 Criminology course.
Criminal case/current event I am writing about the South Carolina church murder case. Dylann Roof, a 21 year-old white male, is being prosecuted for the murder of nine individuals on June 17, 2015. He allegedly walked into a historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina and shot and killed nine people. After killing them, he shot multiple rounds into their dead bodies and reportedly said a very racial statement, which has yet to be let out to the media. Roof’s father and uncle later identified him as the suspect, saying that Roof hid the firearm with a fanny pack. Roof spent an hour in the church before opening fire on the pupils. Roof’s bond was just set at one million dollars for the possession of a firearm; bond for other charges is yet to be determined. This case has caused a national discussion about racism in the South due to the victims of the crime. Roof had pending drug charges from the past, which police say should have stopped him from buying a firearm. So Roof’s possession of a firearm was illegal, as you are not allowed to purchase a firearm with a previous charge on your record. Roof is being charged with murder which is a felony. He reportedly murdered nine individuals in church, in front of their friends and families. Roof also had misdemeanor in the past for the possession of drugs. Roof was also allegedly said to be the head of some segregation groups in his neighborhood. I agree with consensus perspective in the view of the Roof case. If a person commits murder, they