According to the Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, they have just decided to label Mark Conditt, the Austin bomber, as a domestic terrorist in light of the impact of his actions on the Austin community.
The 23 year old man, Mark Conditt, unleashed a wave of deadly bombs over three terrifying weeks in Austin, Texas. In addition to general fear and panic, the bombs resulted in the deaths of two African-Americans and injured several others. One injured was of Latin heritage, and raised some fears of possible racial motivations.
The bomber killed himself with explosives March 21 as police were approaching him. Later on, the police recovered a 25 minute confession on Conditt’s phone, but did not discover any motives within the confession.
Manley said last week,
“He does not at all mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate. But, instead, it is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life that led him to this point.”
Labelling Conditt a “troubled young man” angered many who claimed that when an African American committed a violent crime they were terroristic, but when perpetrators are white the crimes are usually downplayed as byproducts of mental illness.