Prosecutors: Suspect Targeted A White Person: ‘People Are Going to Have To Die’

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Prosecutors say a Wisconsin man intentionally swerved a vehicle into a motorcyclist and killed him, because he was "targeting a white person.”

Daniel Navarro, 27, is facing first-degree intentional homicide and hate crime charges in the death of 55-year-old Phillip Thiessen, a former Virginia police officer and retired Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation special agent.

 

 

According to a criminal complaint, Navarro told investigators he was "targeting a white person" when he swerved into the path of a motorcyclist hitting him head on July 3rd.

WITI-TV reports:

Prosecutors said he talked about 'recent events' and the 'racial climate in the United States' contributing to what happened -- talking about the 'silent majority that voted for Donald Trump as president and the political and racial tensions in the news lately, including racial tensions related to President Trump.' He said 'if Trump and white people are going to create a world like we are living in, then he as no choice and people are going to have to die.'

 

Navarro says he "intentionally swerved with intent to kill the driver," according to the criminal complaint.

Navarro also said he had been "thinking about targeting a white person and killing them with a vehicle earlier that day," and he "picked a motorcycle because he wanted the person to die," noting that "white people drive motorcycles." 

The complaint also reveals Navarro also believes he is being poisoned by a neighbor and that he can hear neighbors making racist comments through the walls. He says "those who are poisoning him, giving him acid and making racist comments are all Caucasian and targeting him because he is Mexican."

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