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Police treat Dylann Roof to Burger King while unarmed Black suspects continue to die


Photo credit: Shellby County Jail

How is it possible for a man to kill nine innocent people and be rewarded with Burger King after being apprehended by authorities? Somehow, that’s what occurred when Dylann Roof was arrested in Shelby, North Carolina, following his terrorist attack on members of Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

According to Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford, Roof began complaining to police that he was hungry. Before going on a racist killing spree, he only had time to eat a bag of chips. So with the most empathetic gesture that could be extended a killer, the police officers in Shelby decided to buy Roof lunch.

There isn’t a law that prohibits police from buying food for a criminal suspect. However, it seems that authorities are taking a more gentle approach than what is often used when Black suspects are arrested.

In the past year, we’ve seen unarmed Blacks murdered by police for walking in the middle of street (Michael Brown); allegedly selling cigarettes on a corner (Eric Garner); being questioned at a routine traffic stop (Walter Scott); holding a toy gun at Wal-Mart (John Crawford); and while being transported to jail (Freddie Gray).

Those deceased Black men weren’t threats to society; they weren’t  mass murderers; and they hadn’t committed an act of terror. But they were met with violence without any justification. Instead of being treated to a hot meal by police, they were handed death.

Roof should be treated as if he was a member of ISIL or al-Qaida, but authorities have coddled him as if he merely stole a few pieces of candy. Along with his free lunch, Judge James B. Gosnell, an unrepentant user of the N-word, told Roof that he was concerned for his family.

It’s appalling that so much empathy is being given to a man who committed such a heinous act, while unarmed Black men who have committed a minor infraction or no crime at all end up in the morgue.


  1. Black woman on June 23, 2015 at 10:48 am


  2. Black woman on June 23, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Let him loose in general population and they’ll burger king his a$$ to death!!!!

  3. MickSan on June 23, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Don’t add fuel to the fire, everyone is fed. They can’t let a person starve. If they don’t have food they must go out and get some. It’s not like the prisoner can step out and pick up his own meal. Why is this getting so much attention?

    What worries me more is how NOW people are calling for the Confederate flag to be taken down. Why has this taken 150 years? Why did it have to take a tragedy like this to happen? Didn’t anyone ever notice other tragedies along the way… Lynching, killings, rapes, discrimination that happened in those 150 years? If action had been taken to take down that flag and all that it implies, it might have made a difference in future outcome and these 9 innocent individuals would still be alive. We ALL need to take responsibility for this! Where was Al and the Rainbow Coalition? Where was the NAACP? Where were all of our young people of color (whose future depends on actions taken now) Where are all the R&B singers, Rappers, artists who have such an impact on the population?

    People…..where are we after we have laid down flowers, candles and Teddy bears?

    • Jason on June 23, 2015 at 11:58 am

      You my friend are the epitome of a coon. If you are black ‘ kill yourself. If you are not black – kill yourself anyway.

      • atlsongbyrd on June 23, 2015 at 2:49 pm


    • atlsongbyrd on June 23, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Fuck putta here with yo ignorant ass! Fuck him and hos hungry ass. Let him starve and die just like the people he killed!

      • MickSan on June 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm

        And that’s why reading is fundamental! My point was that they are making it seem like he got special treatment, he didn’t. All inmates are fed. My point was that their is a bigger issue that is being covered up. And the media will “feed people” stories like this so they can argue about Burger King. Who cares whether he ate or not. But that’s what is in the news, not what they are going to do to him, not what kaws are going yo change, not what is going to be done with the White Supremist Groups that still exist. You read what you read and instead of understanding it, you call me an “ignorant ass” – and that’s the point isn’t it? Get oeople mad about sime damn Burger King meal and steer them away from the real issues. Now all that anger you directed at me without understanding the point I was trying to get are you going to redirect it so that NOT another single person ever has to go through what is being experienced? What are you going to do?

        • Jojo on June 23, 2015 at 2:35 pm

          Did he say he was an inmate? He was in custody. He was not in population. Your point isn’t valid

        • atlsongbyrd on June 23, 2015 at 2:50 pm

          Reading is fundamental and ignorance is bliss. You are justifying this shit.

        • cupcake333 on June 24, 2015 at 4:18 pm

          9 totally agree i wish black folks will stay focus i expect white to camoflaug the lies , while i dont think they should have stop to feed him, thats a form of sypathy, white cops always see white as possible family like this could be my brother etc … i think this is why white womem get less traffic tickets than the rest of us .. and never get harrassed or beatin by a cop … your point is senseble because , the media and the courts work together , and do you notice that when ever a verdict is read its on a weekend holiday, where kid are out of school and people cant get outraged when kids are at home on a break? notice that zimmerman verdict was read right 1 day before a holiday weekend . ummm ?
          so every thing is mean to divert , cause we as blacks never knew how cleaver white are

    • DJx on June 23, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      I’m confused by your post Mick. How do you figure we all should take responsibility for the actions of a crazed racist? I doubt seriously he would not have committed that evil, despicable act had SC not flown the racist confederate flag over its statehouse. And you asked where was Al and the Rainbow Coaltion on the flag issue? They only battled SC over it for decades to no avail. Pressure from Al, the Rainbow Coalition and several other civil rights groups led the NCAA to ban SC and Mississippi from hosting any official NCAA sporting events (individual college games by schools in those states could not be affected by the ban). SC has fought hard for decades to keep that racist, treasonous flag flying and only are coming around now due to this tragedy.

      • guest on June 24, 2015 at 12:46 pm

        Al Sharpton/The Rainbow Coalition, NAACP, and many of these rappers and singers are part of the problem. Too many opportunist looking only looking out for their own self interest. The leadership needs to come the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, cousins etc. within our communities. We can’t look to these organizations and celbs, many of which are looking for a check or photo op.

  4. arthinwa on June 23, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I don’t think fuel is needed as people are aware of how delicate this individual who killed 9 people was treated; however, the 14 year old had a man’s (police officer) knee in her back!!!

  5. Pinky on June 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    So it’s as if he is rewarded. This sickens me. He should of been fed arsenic and nails!

  6. Larry Jennings on June 23, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    We need to grow the hell up. Soooooo what? Let’em eat BK all day every day. I could care less, so long as they convict this man and put him down like the rabid dog he is.

  7. Sungoddess on June 23, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    No one’s adding fuel to the fire….it is what it is – – the “prisoner” DID get special treatment. He was not yet an inmate. You can best believe were it you or I taken into custody, they wouldn’t have given a rats a$$ whether you starved or not. You’d just killed nine caucasions???…’d be lucky if you made it to the jail alive – – you may have met w/an untimely death – Accidently on Purpose!! Unfortunate, but that’s reality of it all!!!!

  8. missy on June 23, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Don’t forget about “Danroy Henry aka DJ” Pace University Football player shot to death by a police officer ( former marine) who jumped on hood of his car. The cop alleges DJ tried to run them over after being told to move his car???? as it turns out in recent developments on this case, DJ was killed by the gun of another police officer who was shooting at the one on the hood of the car because he thought he was just some crazed nut with a gun. Not enough attention on this story. This poor kid didn’t have a chance. Model human being and student. They absolutely had nothing on him and they couldn’t taint his past or present because this was an outstanding young man. We should have been out in record numbers in unity fighting for justice for DJ and his family. This was tragic tragic story that did not get enough media attention.

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  12. cupcake333 on June 24, 2015 at 7:02 am

    I MEAN TELL ME THEY LIEING ? this man killed people and gets a treat ? white people will never understand the violations on human life must be punished to the highest degree, he should not ever even got water till 5 days after arest., all we want now is justice , no since in being in aw of a few white cops who feel , the lives of black folks isnt worth the cost of a donut and coffee , they the cops are our number 2 hugh problem in this country so why would we be shocked they gave him a sandwhich? they think hes a kid, we think hes demonic , plague on his race

  13. andalso on June 24, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    it doesn’t matter if they patted him on the head and said “good boy” he is going to jail for the rest of his life and is going to suffer behind bars having his freedom taken away.. who cares, they could have treated him to disneyland for all i care. just hurry up and charge the worthless piece of sh!t.

  14. cupcake333 on June 24, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    NOTICE : attention on black crisis is always diverted by media and justice system playing games . .
    they are told what to blow up in the news and what to keep quiet about , people dont get outraged until its all over the net but wait,, cell phone putting picture on SOCIAL MEDIA, TWITTER , FACEBOOK has blown their cover lol .. they can no longer hold back news footage and photos and they are so mad over that TMZ .. news guys are late now trying to get a new story so now you see the same stories all over the net on these magazine pages … an no one knows who broke the story first . .it sooo funny ..
    use to be you got credit for being the first to post a story lol

    if you notice if they have to equit a cop or zimmerman trial , they always aquitt 1 or 2 days before a holiday, where kids are home knowing full well you not gonna break out in protest if kids are there or on a weekend .. where your trying to relax .. this has been done for years . NO VERDICT WILL BE READ UNLESS THEY CAN SEE WHERE ITS GONNA BE CALM JUST WATCH THE OJ VERDICT THE GAMES THEY PLAY