A 62 year old Charleston, West Virginia man named William Ronald Pulliam was charged with first degree murder in Kanawha County Magistrate Court on Tuesday morning. Pullman admitted to shooting a 15-year-old Black child named James Harvey Means on Monday night on Charleston’s East End.
Police said Pulliam showed no remorse after his arrest. He admitted shooting Means and said, “The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off the street,” according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
From witness reports, it appears that Pulliam tried to use the George Zimmerman tactic for executing unarmed Black children. Pulliam allegedly instigated an argument or verbal altercation with the innocent unarmed child, then used that verbal altercation to claim “he felt threatened” so he could justify executing the child.
Court records show that Pullman has a history of violence and was not allowed to have a gun, because of a previous domestic violence conviction. According to another criminal complaint, Pulliam struck his own pregnant daughter in the face several times with a closed fist and kicked her in the stomach. He also shoved his own wife to the ground during that incident, according to the complaint.
According to witnesses, the Black children in the neighborhood also had run-ins with Pullman before, because he was known to harass the youths with racial taunts.
“He said, ‘Get the [expletive] off my property.’ He said I need to go on with my nappy Latino self. He’s just a real bad guy” , said Teonno White, 14, one of the friends of the slain child.
According to local police, the FBI is looking into the shooting, apparently to determine whether its meets the criteria for investigation as a hate crime.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby confirmed Tuesday afternoon that federal authorities have been asked to review whether the shooting falls within the federal hate crimes statute.
With so many suspected white supremacists around the country who feel energized and empowered by the white supremacist rhetoric of the so-called “alt-right” and Donald Trump, are we going to see more of these racial attacks on Black children in the future? And what should melanoid people do about it?