A 40-year-old Jeremy Thacker has been arrested for deliberately killing Shawn Birdo, a 46-year-old homeless man, while he slept under a bridge in Oklahoma.
Thacker’s Facebook page is a shrine to Donald Trump, a mix of selfies, MAGA propaganda and memes, and rants degrading those living in poverty. Cynthia Wallace and James Russell were also sleeping under the bridge, and are expected to recover.
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.
The attacker worships the president and these actions fit an attitude of hateful violence propagated by the Trump campaign and administration. It’s time for Trump to take responsibility for the violent environment he has fostered.