Although hate crimes against whites are fewer then those against African Americans, they still persist nonetheless and are no less a threat to public safety because “oh it’s just white people.”
A homeless African American man has killed four white males in Fresno, California, since last Thursday, April 13, in what police are describing in part as a hate crime. Kori Ali Muhammad is in police custody at present and facing four counts of murder and two of attempted murder, having shot at others besides those who he killed.
The first person that Muhammad allegedly killed was a security guard at a Motel 6 who was responding to a disturbance last Thursday.
On Tuesday, he went on a shooting spree, killing three white males.
As USA Today reports, Police Chief Jerry Dyer told reporters the following of the Tuesday incident, without seeming to explicitly reference the earlier shooting that Muhammad is suspected in: “We don’t believe it’s a terrorist act. We believe it’s a hate crime.”
The local police department believes it is a hate crime because the suspect apparently routinely posted anti-white sentiments on his Facebook page.
Dyer explicitly laid out that his department does not believe Tuesday’s incident to be a hate crime because the suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he was subdued by authorities. Radical Islamists often shout “Allahu Akbar,” which is originally an expression of Muslim faith, as they carry out atrocities.
Speaking to the suspect’s apparent connection to Islam, Sayed Ali Ghazvini, who serves as the imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, told reporters that Muhammad was not a member of his congregation and he did not recognize him.
His congregation added the following comments in a Facebook post about the suspect calling out the words “Allahu Akbar:”
‘When someone utters these beautiful words and commits violent acts, it brings pain to our community and crushes our hearts. We condemn the acts of this criminal in the strongest terms and we stand with our community and city in support and brotherhood.’