The Herald reports on killer Vester Flanagan:
Flanagan, 41, clashed repeatedly with photojournalists, belittling them in public and intimidating them with his violent temper, according to internal reports.
He was also censured for wearing an Obama sticker while recording a segment at a polling booth during the 2012 US Presidential Election – a clear breach of journalistic impartiality.
The complaints are outlined in court papers that include a scathing performance review carried out prior to his termination in February 2013.
The station filed the documents to rebutt a wrongful termination claim which he had brought, claiming he was the victim of discrimination because he was black and gay. The station won the case.
It’s an awful case. Any killing of innocents is terrible, but one live on air and them promoted on social media is so chilling.
Whether it was just a workplace killing, or also a political agenda is hard to work out.
Flanagan also claimed he was assaulted by a photographer, subjected to a hostile working environment and wrongfully terminated.
He demanded a jury comprised entirely of African American women and independent investigations by the FBI and Justice Department.
He seemed to be someone who blamed his failings on racial discrimination, and it seems became a racist himself:
In a 23-page “manifesto” letter sent to ABC News two hours after the shooting, Flanagan claimed the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting earlier this year was the final straw that prompted him to buy a gun.
So it was partly revenge for that. How very sad.
I saw a tweet on Twitter that reported that in ever single week of 2015, there has been multiple mass (4+) shootings in the US. 247 mass shootings over 238 days.