In 28 years of law enforcement, I have seen a lot of hate. I have seen a lot of revenge. I’ve seen a lot of anger. What I saw, particularly from the Sikh community this week was compassion, concern, support. What I didn’t see was hate. I did not see revenge. I didn’t see any of that. And in law enforcement that’s unusual to not see that reaction to something like this. I want you all to understand how unique that is.Oak Creek, Wisc. Police Chief John Edwards • Addressing a crowd gathered to honor victims of last weekend’s shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Tuesday night. This morning, FBI special agent Teresa Carlson revealed to members of the press that, despite previous reports that the shooter was killed by police, he actually died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head after being wounded by an officer returning fire. source (via • follow)
He was gentle and kind and loving and a he was a happy person and a happy child. And what happened, God only knows, because I don’t. … When he lived in Texas with us, he had Hispanic friends and he had black friends. You know, there was none of that.Wade Michael Page’s stepmother, Laura Page • Discussing how she remembers the suspect in the Sikh temple shooting over the weekend. She divorced Page’s father and hadn’t seen Wade since 1999 (before he got caught up in the white supremacist movement), so when he surfaced in the news recently, it was as a much different person than the one she knew. Page, who was killed in the shooting, is suspected of killing six people at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee. (more here)
By coming here, you guys have proved that even though even though some of us are Christians, Sikh, Muslims or Hindu, the biggest religion in the world is humanity.A speaker at a candlelight vigil held for victims of the Sikh temple shooting • Preaching a message of tolerance in the wake of yesterday’s deadly shooting. The vigil drew hundreds of people, some of whom held up boards which spelled out the phrase ”WISCONSIN WEEPS.” The cause of the shooting, described as domestic terrorism, is still under investigation, though. (more here)
solutionsbecomeproblems says: “No confirmation has been made of the tie” —What kind of confirmation are you looking for? A non-Sikh white man attacks Sikh people in a Sikh Temple. Hmm, that’s not confirmation enough? You need a quote from the killer’s own mouth?
» SFB says: No, but a tie to an extremist group would probably do it. You can’t say that someone is tied to an extremist group without concrete evidence. Now if he held those views on his own (a lone wolf situation), that is another matter entirely, but as of right now, there is no confirmation that he is tied to another group. If he has these ties, this stuff will come out (and it’s probably safe to call this a “domestic terror” incident), but let’s not take for granted what we think we know until it’s in front of us. — Ernie @ SFB
EDIT: And now, via the Southern Poverty Law Center, we have some evidence of ties to extremism.
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My sincerest condolences go out to all those affected by the recent shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Several close friends of mine have loved ones who attend the Sikh Temple, so we will be organizing and providing any assistance needed to the community affected. If you live in the Milwaukee area and are interested in helping out, please, feel free to message me or send me an e-mail.
If you’re not familiar, mohandasgandhi is a great, totally vouchable member of the Tumblr community and lives in the general region. Shoot her an e-mail with any questions. (more here)