The Man Accused Of Killing 10 People In A Racist Shooting In Buffalo Allegedly Describes Himself As A White Supremacist In A Document

The Man Accused Of Killing 10 People In A Racist Shooting In Buffalo Allegedly Describes Himself As A White Supremacist In A Document

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1 min agoBuffalo shooting victim was a beloved grandmother of 6 and breast cancer survivorFrom CNN’s Alisha Ebrahimji

Celestine Chaney. (Family handout)Celestine Chaney, 65, a grandmother to six children, was one of the most loving and caring people with a genuine spirit and above all, a fighter, her grandson, Wayne Jones Jr., told CNN.

Jones, 27, had planned to surprise his grandmother Sunday with flowers, perfume, a meal and some quality time together since he had to work on Mother’s Day.

“That’s the most devastating part about it,” he said. “I just wanted to do something real nice for her because I can, so I took this extra hard … that had been my plan all week.”Chaney beat breast cancer a few years ago and battled brain tumors when Jones was younger, he said, adding that she always fought her way through her health complications.

“The whole family is devastated,” he said. “And it’s just a shock … you never expect something like this to happen to you … you just pray for everybody else with the trauma that they went through and now you’re living in it.”

Jones said his grandmother played a pivotal role in his and his siblings’ upbringing.

There was “never a dull moment” when she was around, he said, adding that she was always laughing.

“Your world is just shaken up,” Jones said, “And it’s just hard to get back to reality because the reality of it is my grandmother just passed and others lost their lives over nonsense, over nothing, basically because of the color of their skin.”

38 min agoSocial media platforms struggle to stop the spread of Buffalo shooting suspect’s racist statement and video  From CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan and Clare Duffy 

In the wake of Saturday’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, Big Tech platforms are struggling to stop the spread of a video of the attack filmed by the suspect and a document allegedly also produced by him where he outlines his beliefs. 

Platforms have tried to improve how they respond to the sharing of this kind of content since the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019, which was also streamed live online.In the 24 hours after that attack, Facebook said it removed 1.5 million copies of the video.

Part of the challenge facing platforms now is what appears to be users posting a deluge of copies of the Buffalo video and document. 

The attack was streamed live on Twitch, a video streaming service owned by Amazon that is particularly popular with gamers. Twitch said it removed the video two minutes after the violence started, but the video had already been downloaded by other users. 

The video has since been shared across major social media platforms and also posted to more obscure video hosting sites. 

Spokespersons for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Reddit all told CNN that they had banned the sharing of the video on their sites and are working to identify and remove copies of it. But the companies appear to be struggling to contain the spread. 

CNN observed a link to a copy of the video circulating on Facebook on Sunday night. Facebook included a warning that the link violated its community standards but still allowed users to click through and watch the video. 

The Washington Post reported a link to another copy of the video had been shared 46,000 times on Facebook before it was removed. 

That video was hosted on a less well-known video service called Streamable and was only removed after it had reportedly been viewed more than 3 million times.  

A spokesperson for Streamable told CNN the company was “working diligently” to remove copies of the video “expeditiously.” The spokesperson did not respond when asked how one video had reached millions of views before it was removed.  

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, on Saturday designated the event as a “terrorist attack,” which triggered the company’s internal teams to identify and remove the account of the suspect, as well as to begin removing copies of the video and document and links to them on other sites, according to a company spokesperson. 

The company added the video and document to an internal database that helps automatically detect and remove copies if they are reuploaded. Meta has also banned content that praises or supports the attacker, the spokesperson said. 

43 min agoBuffalo mayor says retired police officer who confronted gunman “is a hero”From CNN’s Amanda Watts

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said it was fortunate that retired police lieutenant and shooting victim, Aaron Salter, was in Tops Friendly Market during the shooting.

The mayor said he believes Salter’s encounter with the suspect slowed him down and reduced the loss of life.

“Aaron Salter is a hero,” the mayor said.

He also credits the rapid response from Buffalo Police to the scene.

“Many more people would probably have been killed and injured if the Buffalo Police did not get to the scene as quickly. They were able to subdue the gunman, they were able to take him into custody without incident, and protect the surrounding neighborhood,” Brown said.

More on the shooting: The man accused of killing 10 people in a racially motivated mass shooting at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket Saturday had plans to continue his shooting rampage and kill more Black people, authorities said Monday.

The revelations align with information written in an 180-page racist document authorities have attributed to the suspect, an 18-year-old White man who traveled nearly 200 miles to a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood to unleash an attack.

Eleven of the 13 people shot were Black, officials said, and the massacre is being investigated as a hate crime.

CNN’s Travis Caldwell and Victor Blackwell contributed reporting to this post.

1 hr agoBuffalo mayor spoke to FBI director about the shooting investigationFrom CNN’s Ama

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