Austin PD Slammed For Describing White Terrorist Responsible For Bombings As 'Challenged Young Man'

ROUND ROCK, TX - MARCH 21:  Austin Police Chief Brian Manley speaks to the media near the location where the suspected package bomber was killed in suburban Austin on March 21, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas. The 24-year-old suspect blew himself up inside his car as police approached the vehicle. A massive search had been underway by local and federal law enforcement officials in Austin and the surrounding area after several package bombs had detonated in recent weeks, killing two people and injuring several others.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Austin PD Slammed For Describing White Terrorist Responsible For Bombings As 'Challenged Young Man'

"Murdering multiple people and being called 'challenged' is the height of white privilege."

Published March 22, 2018

After the white suspect believed to be responsible for the serial bombings in Austin was killed during a police chase, the chief of police delivered a press conference where he never called him a terrorist.

Austin Police Chief Bryan Manley said his department found a 25-minute video confession on the cell phone of suspect Mark Anthony Conditt, 23. Conditt blew himself up early Wednesday as a SWAT team closed in.

Manley said Conditt recorded himself confessing to the bombings in elaborate detail. The chief then went on to say the confession shows "the outcry of a very challenged young man."

  1. "He does not at all mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate," said Manley.

    “Sometimes we can't assign a reason to irrational acts,” he added. “This is a very troubled young man who was talking about challenges in his life that led him to the point in his life that led him to take the actions that he took.”

    The recording did not reveal why Conditt targeted the Black families who saw two relatives die from the package bombs. 

  2. Manley's description of the terrorist as a "challenged" individual did not go over well with POC
  3. The Chief's statement revealed how deeply rooted white privilege is in our justice system

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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