A 40-year-old Tulsa man, Jeremy Thacker who deliberately killed a homeless man called Shawn Birdo, while he slept under an Oklahoma’s bride has been arrested.
Thacker, whose Facebook page is a shrine to President Trump, beat a man with a pipe outside a convenient store before getting in his car and, police say, deliberately targeting homeless people with his car. Two other individuals who were sleeping under the bridge, Cynthia Wallace and James Russell, were also injured in this mad man’s attack and are expected to recover.
Prior to this attack, Thacker’s Facebook timeline was a mix of selfies, pro-Trump propaganda and memes, and rants degrading those living in poverty.
Tulsa World reports:
Thacker faces five related counts of assault with a deadly weapon for injuries to Cynthia Wallace and James Russell in the incident in which Birdo was killed, as well as for reportedly hospitalizing an unidentified woman after running over her legs outside a QuikTrip at 14th Street and Carthage Avenue on Monday evening. The second hit-and-run left another man injured with a laceration to the back of his head.
An arrest report released Tuesday afternoon states police believe Thacker went to the same QuikTrip just before 5:30 a.m. Monday, where he approached a man sleeping on a bench and hit him in the arm with a metal object similar to a pipe, leaving a cut. The report states the victim managed to fight off his attacker and yell for police but said the man fled the store in a white truck.
It would be naive to deny that these actions fit an attitude of hateful violence propagated by the Trump campaign and administration. Thacker worships Trump and he fed on the rage that president fed him. Thacker is to blame, but its long past time for Trump to take responsibility for the violent environment he has fostered.