Residents React To Hate Crime

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — “You know the flag doesn’t have much of a significance here in the west,” said a Springfield resident.

The Confederate flag can take on different meanings, but a judge in the Matthew Booster case decided it played a role in a hate crime and thus ordered it to be destroyed. It is all part of the Booster plea agreement.

The victim’s family say they approve with the sentence, including the flag destruction.

“I thought it was a great idea. I just looked at the city and state taking a stance against racism,” said the victim’s mom.

“This kid was probably just trying to walk home safely. Why can’t he have that state of mind,” said a Springfield resident.

We spoke with a group of young black men from Springfield that due to the nature of the topic did not want to be shown on camera. They believe the crime was racially driven. The flag though not the center of attention though.

“We have dealt with racial tension before and the Confederate flag all of our lives and them trying to run people over. It is history repeating itself,” said one Springfield man.

“I feel like it was racially inclined. We just don’t go around bumping our music around and trying to run over people in the community,” said another resident.

Most we talked to say this punishment was not harsh enough.

“It is assault with a deadly weapon. I mean there are people out there that rob people at gun point and get a year in jail and some probation and parole or even go to prison,” said a resident.

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