Community So Grateful To Prisoner For Attacking Race Murderer Dylann Roof, They Bailed Him Out

Community So Grateful To Prisoner For Attacking Race Murderer Dylann Roof, They Bailed Him Out

The fella who assaulted mass-murderer Dylann Roof at the Charleston County Detention Center last Thursday is now a free man, thanks to all the donations that flowed in within 24 hours of the incident. Twenty-five-year-old Dwayne Stafford posted bond for just over $100,000, Friday, after sitting in jail for a year on strong armed robbery, assault, and lying to police officers charges.

According to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, there are no stipulations for who posts bonds for an inmate, or how. Should the public wish to raise money for an armed robber’s freedom because his cathartic act helped many release some of the racial tension that has been building up for years, the Sheriff’s Office has “no control.” Once word got out and folks started spreading a link for making donations to Stafford across social media, the money grew so fast that he was able post bond the very next day.

Officials say Stafford ran down a flight of stairs and assaulted Roof as he was about to step into the showers that morning, while Roof’s escort stepped away momentarily to drop off toilet paper nearby. He got one punch in before the two were separated.

The Sheriff’s Office stated “obvious violations” at play on behalf of detention officers, leading to Roof’s assault just after 7:45 a.m. Roof is traditionally accompanied by detention officers everywhere he goes, because the heinous, racist crime he committed makes him a constant target. Now that Stafford has had such a positive turn of events for assaulting Roof, you can bet that target has grown exponentially.

Roof is facing murder charges for slaying nine people at the Mother Emanuel AME church last year. He is declining to press charges for the assault and is housed in solitary confinement at this time.

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The Dylann roof precedent

In this day and age, of keyboard activism and social media, the reaction to Stafford’s assaulting Dylann Roof, perhaps, sets some interesting precedents, the moral and ethical pros and cons of which can be debated endlessly. However, while that debate is likely to go on for some time, in the meantime, the public will do what the public will do. Right or wrong, cathartic or adding fuel to the fire, we now live in an age where folks can decide to take up a campaign like this just because they can, and in an age also rife with injustice throughout our “justice” system, this is one way the public can have more of a voice and presence in that process. Should a prisoner take action on a loathed, “celebrity” inmate, that prisoner may be rewarded financially enough to make his or her stay in prison easier, or possibly even gain him or her his/her freedom, not because what they’ve done is “right” or “wrong,” but simply because enough of the public liked it.

Now, if only more folks would get hip to jury nullification while we’re at it—we might start to see some real change. | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

H/T: Live 5 News | Featured image by Live 5 News

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Dylan Hock is a writer, educator, and activist. He serves as a volunteer board member of The James Jackson Museum of African American History.