Editor’s note: This story contains disturbing video footage.
Video has surfaced implicating seven white teenagers in a gruesome June 26 Mississippi hate crime that left one black man mutilated and dead.
The recently released footage shows the teens beating and ultimately running over 49-year-old James Craig Anderson. The suspects reportedly left a Rankin County, Mississippi party together with the intention of finding a black victim and drove to a nearby predominantly black area of Jackson where they attacked Anderson, the first black man they saw upon exiting the highway.
The incident was made available to CNN and shows a group of teens pulling into a parking lot and immediately attacking Anderson. The graphic images then show them going back and forth between their cars and Anderson, pummeling the man with punches and kicks. It ends with a shocking, detailed footage of one of the teens, identified as 18-year-old Deryl Dedmon, Jr., driving his Ford F250 pickup truck over Anderson as he sought to walk away from the scene of the attack.
Two teens are being held for allegedly beating Anderson repeatedly and yelling racial epithets, including “White Power!” according to witnesses.
“This was a crime of hate. Dedmon murdered this man because he was black,” Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith told CNN.
“They were going out to look for a black victim to assault, and in this case, even kill,” Smith went on to say.
Dedmon has been charged with murder and now faces a possible double life sentence. During a bond hearing his attorney told the court he saw nothing to back up what he called the “racial allegations.”
Neither of the two suspects who have been detained have entered pleas. The remaining five teens have not been charged.