In a case the harkens again to the Emmett Until homicide, on Thursday, a grand jury indicted 27-year-old Ian Mackenzie Cranston for the deadly taking pictures of 22-year-old Barry Khristiano Washington in Bend, Ore, KTVZ stories.
Following the indictment, Cranston was arrested on second-degree homicide, first- and second-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, and two counts of illegal use of a weapon for the September 19 assault.
District Lawyer John Hummel mentioned regardless of the distinction of their race, there wasn’t sufficient proof to find out if the taking pictures was a hate crime.
“Our nation has a disgraceful historical past of denigrating, prosecuting, and lynching black males for speaking to white girls,” Hummel mentioned. “During the last week, tons of of individuals referred to as and emailed me to remind me of this historical past; I responded to each one in all you.”
Cranston’s re-arrest following the indictment got here after group backlash over him rapidly posting 10 p.c of his $100,000 bail hours after the killing that Sunday.
Cranston shot Washington round 12:11 a.m. Sept. 19 after leaving the Capitol nightclub in downtown Bend, The Bend Bulletin stories. Cranston turned upset with Washington after Washington spoke to Cranston’s girlfriend. He responded by pulling out a gun and fatally taking pictures the younger man.
Hummel mentioned Washington’s mom mentioned “thank God” after studying of Cranston’s re-arrest.
“Know this. Justice can be achieved on this case,” he mentioned.
“This isn’t a judgment on Barry,” he mentioned. “We charged the best crime there may be for this act. It was an intentional act. That’s what our principle was. It wasn’t a fumbling with the gun, or an unintentional discharge of the gun. It was an intentional resolution by Mr. Cranston to shoot and kill Barry Washington.”