A Mississippi congressman Bennie Thompson asked the FBI to look into the murder of the openly gay mayoral candidate Marco McMillian. There is belief that some federal laws could have been violated.
Thompson, a Democrat, said Tuesday that he has confidence in the sheriff investigating the death but that he wants the FBI to get involved because that’s what McMillian’s family wants.Also...
"If another set of eyes looking at it would provide additional information, I think it would be helpful to the McMillian family," Thompson told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
Mississippi’s hate crimes law covers acts motivated by bias against a victim’s race but not sexual orientation. However, a federal hate crimes law covers bias against sexual orientation. Thompson, the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, said the FBI could determine if a hate crimes charge should be considered.I don't care who says what, this is a hate crime. Marco's death is a hate crime. Pure and simple.