The 19-year-old man accused of killing 10 Black people and injuring three others in May at a grocery story in Buffalo, New York has plead not guilty to federal hate crime charges.
Peyton Gendron plead not guilty during an arraignment today.
Gendron was indicted last week on 27 charges, including 10 counts of hate crimes resulting in death; three counts of hate crimes involving an attempt to kill others; and one hate crimes count alleging that Gendron attempted to kill additional Black people inside or near Tops grocery store. There are also 13 counts of using, carrying, or discharging a firearm in relation to the hate crimes.
Following a grand jury indictment on Thursday, in a statement U.S. Attorney General Merrill Garland said, “The Justice Department fully recognizes the threat that white supremacist violence poses to the safety of the American people and American democracy. We will continue to be relentless in our efforts to combat hate crimes, to support the communities terrorized by them, and to hold accountable those who perpetrate them.”
More about the mass shouting and hate-crime charges can be found here.
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