A crime that seemed right out of an episode of a television detective program has been solved by police who always suspected there was something not quite “right” about it.

The Central Market, an immigrant-operated store in Charlotte, North Carolina was hit by arson when a flaming object was thrown through a door, but a note purporting to be from white supremacists, Donald Trump supporters found on the premises indicated that it was more than simple arson, but a hate crime.

In the midst of one of the most contentious presidential campaigns in decades, the note was as incendiary as the gasoline-fueled Molotov cocktail and ignited tensions in the community.

“Our newly elected president Donald Trump is our nation builder for White America. You all know that, we want our country back on the right track. We need to get ride [sic] of Muslims, Indians and all immigrants.”

The note was signed, “White America.”

The brash, billionaire real estate tycoon and reality television star surprised political pundits and pollsters with his upset win over veteran Hillary Clinton and faced accusations of racism when he proposed instituting “extreme vetting” protocols for refugees and limiting immigration, as well as deporting those in the country illegally.

The note left at the scene of the crime seemed to support concerns that Trump was a racist and fed into the Democrat meme that his presidency should be resisted.

Some conservative news sites were suspicious, because the circumstances were just too perfect and called it, “clearly a hoax hate crime designed to blame white people.

Some suggested the perpetrator may have been motivated to foment civil unrest by committing the crime and deliberately misdirecting attention to whites as the perpetrators.

In fact, it appears the arsonist was a 32-year-old African-American with a rap sheet in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County for marijuana possession, Curtis Flournoy.

One site noted that Flournoy’s crime was doubly hateful in that it hurt the Bhutan refugee, Kamal Dhimal, who owned the shop, as well as the customers in the primarily immigrant and minority neighborhood, while blaming whites for the crime.

Instead, Flournoy has been arrested and is now in custody charged with felony breaking and entering, arson of a commercial (non-residential) building, malicious damage by use of an incendiary material and anonymous or threatening letters.

Flournoy has also been charged with ethnic intimidation – a hate crime.

And as for Kamal Dhimel, the Bhutanese immigrant whose business was torched, a GoFundMe site has been established by his fellow neighbors in Charlotte to help cover the damage to the store.

The message on the page reads, “Lets show Mr. Dhimel what this country TRULY thinks of its immigrants.”

 

 
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