• Zachery Bernabe

New York sword attacker 'targeted black men'

Last Friday, March 17, 2017, James Harris Jackson, a 28-year-old Army veteran who had worked as a military intelligence analyst for the US Army but had a "deep hatred" for black people, took a bus for New York city armed with a 26 inch-long sword hiding in a long coat.

According to the BBC, While walking, Jackson came across Timothy Caughman, a 66-year-old black man and stabbed him in the chest and back. James turned himself in 24 hours later by walking into a Times Square police station. While being questioned, James told the police that he had "harboured feelings of hatred towards black men for at least 10 years."

Assistant Chief of Police William Aubry said, "he had walked the streets in a long coat, which hid the 26in (66cm) sword, and came across Mr Caughman while the victim was collecting bottles for recycling from rubbish bins."

Jackson wanted to make a point, and that's what he did, according Chief Aubry: "The reason he picked New York is because it's the media capital of the world and he wanted to make a statement."

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio made a statement to the city: "We are a safe city because we are inclusive. We are a nation of unrivaled strength because we are diverse.....No act of violence can undermine who we are."