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Mosque Killing Suspect Makes Hand Gesture in Court

Brenton Tarrant is believed to have made a white power signal
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2019 11:10 AM CDT
This image taken from CCTV video obtained by the state-run Turkish broadcaster TRT World shows the arrival of who it says is Brenton Tarrant, the suspect in the New Zealand mosque attacks, in Istanbul's...   (TRT World via AP)

(Newser) – The hand symbol may say it all. The alleged killer of least 49 people at two New Zealand mosques smirked in court Saturday and made a symbol—an "OK" gesture with the thumb and index fingers forming a circle—that many are taking as a white power sign, Sky News reports. That would echo an online treatise that authorities attribute to 28-year-old suspect Brenton Tarrant. "Were/are you a supporter of Donald Trump?" the manifesto's author writes, per NBC News. "As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no." The author also predicts that the battle over gun control "will ultimately result in a civil war that will eventually balkanize the US along political, cultural and, most importantly, racial lines." For more:

  • Wanted more: The suspect would have continued killing if community police officers hadn't run his vehicle off the road, CNN reports. "There were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack," says New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

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