On the morning of April 12, in a New York City Subway, Frank James shot and injured 29. Here are some important details.
Promoted racial violence: According to information found on social media, Frank James had a history of racism, antisemitism, and calls to violence. He revered militant black figures like Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, and Angela Davis.
He also believed that white people would eventually genocide black Americans. For that reason, he believed his only option was to “just [start] shooting motherf—ers.”
The FBI knew about him: James was on the FBI watch list until being cleared in 2019 though his social media still contained calls to violence. To get on an FBI watch list, you must participate in a terrorist attack, associate with terrorists, be related to a terrorist, or be suspected of committing a terror attack.
This follows the recent trend of the FBI having knowledge of the threats beforehand but not neutralizing them. To name a few—the Parkland shooter, the Boston bomber, the Pulse shooter, and the recent Boulder supermarket shooter.
Meanwhile, the FBI allocated resources to plot the Whitmer kidnapping case, as shown through the DOJ’s acquittal of two defendants from the case.
A lengthy criminal record: “His lengthy arrest record includes nine charges in New York from 1992 through 1998, including a criminal sex act and possession of burglary tools. He was also arrested in New Jersey three times, from 1991 through 2007, Essig said. But he was never found guilty of more serious crimes,” Politico.
Because of policies, James was never convicted of being a felon and therefore could legally buy the gun he used in the shooting