The New Zealand Shooter flashes a White Power Symbol in Court
The man suspected of killing 49 people in a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, flashed a white power symbol during a court appearance Saturday.
Brenton Tarrant, 28, also smirked at the media during the hearing, according to correspondents present in court. New Zealand authorities allowed photographs and footage of the brief hearing to be published, but requested that Tarrant’s face be blurred.
Images from the hearing show Tarrant forming his right hand into an inverted “OK” symbol, a gesture often associated with white supremacists.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the OK gesture has a convoluted history which often features alleged white supremacists claiming the gesture is innocent, or using it ironically to provoke a reaction.
Tarrant did not speak during the appearance, in which he was told he would be detained until another court appearance on April 5.