The suspect in a bombing that took place near the Colorado headquarters of the NAACP says he was targeting his accountant in the same area, not the civil rights group.
Left-wing activists have insisted that the group was targeted in an act of domestic terrorism and have even pointed to the incident as a right-wing counterpart to Islamic terrorism.
The Los Angeles Times, citing police records, says the suspect, Thaddeus Murphy, demonstrated no animosity towards the NAACP in interviews. Murphy admitted to the bombing but says he was threatening his accountant who was withholding information.
Murphy is believed to have placed a pipe bomb near a container of gasoline before igniting both items on January 5th. No one was injured in the attack. Murphy has a criminal history and says he believed his accountant was intentionally targeting and harming him.
Although it was never clear that the NAACP was the target of the attack, the explosion upset black leaders, several of whom speculated that the attack might have been a hate crime.
U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), an influential leader of the civil rights movement, called the attack “deeply troubling” and the Twitter hashtag #NAACPbombing trended nationwide for days after the incident.
Allen said there were at least a half-dozen people in the NAACP offices and the adjacent barbershop on the day of the attack. Simply put, Allen said, people could have been hurt, so the target of Murphy’s pipe bomb should be irrelevant to prosecutors.
“What happened was, you placed an explosive device in an attempt to do harm. Inside of that building was human beings,” Allen said. “I don’t care what your purpose was, you hated somebody.”
By that definition, any murder is a hate crime. Which is true but not exactly what leftists want to hear. I’m also fascinated by the idea that the target of the bombing should be irrelevant to prosecutors. It’s a position that makes zero sense if you’re seeking hate crime charges. And it should really be relevant to any investigation, hate crime or not.