Church shooter Dylann Roof staged death row hunger strike

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FILE – In this June 19, 2015 file photo, Dylann Storm Roof appears via video before a judge, in Charleston, S.C., Friday, June 19, 2015. Roof is accused of killing nine people inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. (Centralized Bond Hearing Court via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) – White supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof staged a hunger strike this month while on federal death row, alleging in letters to The Associated Press that he’s been verbally harassed and abused without cause” and “treated disproportionately harsh.”

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The 25-year-old Roof killed nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015. He told the AP that staff at a federal prison in Indiana feel justified in their conduct “since I am hated by the general public.”

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A person familiar with the matter would say only that Roof had been on a hunger strike but is no longer on one.

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