The victim’s son says, “They ran him over because he was black.”
Last July 61-year-old Johnny Lee Butts, an African-American man was hit and killed while taking his regular morning walk in Panola County, Mississippi. The driver of the vehicle, Matthew “Whit” Darby, a white teenager has been charged with murder and is awaiting trial. What makes this case significant however, is not the fact that Darby was driving drunk, or even the fact that he hit Butts and then fled. What makes this case important is the fact that although Darby has been charged with murder, he has not been charged with a hate crime.
The local DA claims there is not a single piece of evidence that points to this crime being racially motivated, but testimony from one of the passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident, and an in-depth investigation by CNN investigative reporter Drew Griffin paints a very different picture.
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