For years, the death penalty was suspended at the federal level – it was only reinstated under President Trump. Now another black man was executed. Trump is breaking tradition again.
Shortly before the end of President Donald Trump’s tenure, the tenth death penalty was carried out at the federal level this year. Black Alfred Bourgeois was executed by lethal injection in a prison in Terre Haute, Indiana on Friday, the detention center announced. The 55-year-old was sentenced to death for the murder of his two-year-old daughter.
The former truck driver Bourgeois took his daughter on one of his trips in 2002. He severely assaulted the girl and eventually hit her head against the windshield. Because the crime took place on a military base where Bourgeois was exporting a shipment, he was charged in federal court and sentenced to death in 2004.
The execution of African-American Brandon Bernard only took place on Thursday in the detention center of Terre Haute.
Bourgeois’ execution was the tenth federal execution since July. This practice had previously been suspended for 17 years. The Trump administration is planning more executions until new Democratic President Joe Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20. For the past 131 years, it has been common practice in the United States for outgoing US presidents not to have executions carried out. Biden has pledged to suspend executions at the federal level.