Murder and Police Cover-Up?


Did police cover up Alfred Wright’s murder?Alfred Wright and his two sonsDemand Texas officials and the Department of Justice uncover the truth and bring justice for Alfred’s family.Take Action

an Update entry 3/13/2014

Mounting evidence suggests a police cover-up in the possible murder of Alfred Wright. Recently, a private investigator hired by Alfred’s family condemned the Sabine County Sheriff’s Department for not following basic police procedure, calling its investigation, “one of the worst in Texas history.”1

Nearly 40,000 ColorOfChange members have already called on Texas authorities and the United States Department of Justice to conduct a full and proper investigation. Unless enough of us urge federal and state officials to make Alfred’s case a high priority — and dedicate the resources necessary to uncover the truth — Alfred’s death, like so many others involving Black victims, may go unsolved.

Please join us in calling on the Department of Justice, Governor Rick Perry, and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to conduct a thorough investigation into Alfred’s death and the Sabine County Sheriff’s Department’s mishandling of the case. It only takes a moment.

Thanks,

Matt Nelson Director of Organizing, ColorOfChange.org

References

1. “Family Searching for Answers After Man’s Mysterious Death,” ABC News, 02-05-14 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3356?t=3&akid=3331.1174326.KMvxC0

A Sabine County, TX community suspects foul play and a police cover-up after the tragic disappearance and death of Alfred Wright — a 28-year-old Black husband and father of three.1

In November, Alfred went missing in a section of Texas notorious for racial violence and hostility directed at Black residents.2 Days after Alfred’s mutilated body was located by a family-organized search party — in an area police claimed was searched repeatedly by trained dogs3 — the county medical examiner released an autopsy claiming his death was “accidental” and caused by “combined drug intoxication.”4 But a separate, family-ordered independent autopsy found evidence of severe head and neck trauma and determined there was a “high likelihood of homicidal violence.”5

Growing doubt with the official story and the two conflicting autopsies have forced the Department of Justice and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to launch independent investigations into Alfred’s disappearance and death. But this is not enough. Your voice can help ensure that the DOJ, Texas Governor and AG feel the pressure of a national spotlight, are compelled to make the investigation a high priority, and dedicate the resources necessary to find the truth and hold local law enforcement accountable.

Please join us in demanding that the Department of Justice, Governor Rick Perry and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott conduct a thorough investigation into both Alfred’s death and the Sabine County Sheriff’s Department’s mishandling of the initial investigation. It only takes a moment.

Violent and unsolved murders when the victim is Black are an old story in this part of Texas and Alfred’s family has good reason to suspect racially-motivated foul play. In 1998, just 45 minutes away from where Alfred’s body was discovered, James Byrd was beaten to death by three white supremacists, chained to the back of a pickup truck and dragged by his ankles for three miles.6 The three men responsible for James Byrd’s lynching and murder were convicted only after strong and sustained public pressure forced the government to prosecute and enact historic hate crimes legislation.7

Call on state and federal officials to conduct a thorough investigation into Alfred’s death and the Sabine County Sheriff’s Department’s mishandling of the initial investigation.

Law enforcement officers across the country often use deeply ingrained stereotypes to demonize Black men and boys as drug addicts and “thugs” in order to justify the violence perpetrated against them.8,9 These dangerous notions lead to a culture of impunity where Black folks like Alfred are seen as undeserving of police resources, including a thorough investigation.10

Due to the Sabine County police department’s egregious history of racially-motivated attacks against Black residents, few in that community trust that the Sheriff’s Department can conduct a proper investigation when the victim is Black.11 In 1987, a Black man named Loyal Garner was arrested in Sabine County, charged with drunk driving and taken to the county jail where he was severely bludgeoned, hospitalized and eventually died from the brutal assault. The three white police officers responsible for Loyal Garner’s death were quickly acquitted of civil rights charges.12

Our elected officials and leaders in government have a duty to hold law enforcement to a high standard of conduct and ensure that the murders of Black people do not go unsolved.

Please join us in demanding a thorough investigation into Alfred’s death and the Sabine County Sheriff’s Department’s mishandling of the investigation. And when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same.

Thanks and Peace,

–Matt, Rashad, Arisha, Aimée, Jamar, and the rest of the ColorOfChange team    February 28th, 2014

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References

1. “Alfred Wright’s Death Shrouded In Mystery,” Huffington Post, 02-07-14 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3277?t=10&akid=3316.1174326.45AtPJ

2. “A Missing Man and Familiar Old Wounds in Jasper,” Texas Observer, 11-21-13 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3278?t=12&akid=3316.1174326.45AtPJ

3. “Death of East Texas Man Shrouded in Mystery,” ABC News, 02-08-14 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3279?t=14&akid=3316.1174326.45AtPJ

4. “County-paid autopsy report lists ‘drug intoxication’ as cause of Alfred Wright’s death,” KLTV, 01-08-14 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3239?t=16&akid=3316.1174326.45AtPJ

5. “Another Tragic Murder of a Black Man Near Jasper, Texas #Justice4AlfredWright,” BK Nation, 10-09-14 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3304?t=18&akid=3316.1174326.45AtPJ

6. “Cover-up? A mysterious death in Texas,” CNN, 02-16-14 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3303?t=20&akid=3316.1174326.45AtPJ

7. “Today marks the 15th anniversary of the murder of James Byrd Jr.,” Dallas Voice, 06-07-13 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3344?t=22&akid=3316.1174326.45AtPJ

8. “No Country for ‘Black Teens’,” Huffington Post, 04-05-13 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3284?t=24&akid=3316.1174326.45AtPJ

9. “Black Man Vs. Criminal,” New York Times, 03-13-12 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3285?t=26&akid=3316.1174326.45AtPJ

10. “Why black people don’t trust the police,” CNN, 03-23-12 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3286?t=28&akid=3316.1174326.45AtPJ

11. “A Missing Man and Familiar Old Wounds in Jasper,” Texas Observer, 11-21-13 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3278?t=30&akid=3316.1174326.45AtPJ

12. “Race and Justice: A Killing in East Texas – A Special Report; Death as a Ripple in Deep Racial Current,” New York Times, 05-11-90 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3345?t=33&akid=3316.1174326.45AtPJ

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VoteVets opposes arming the Syrian rebels


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Almost one year ago, we asked VoteVets supporters to write their Members of Congress urging them to oppose military intervention in Syria.

Over 50,000 of you did.

I listened to President Obama’s speech on Wednesday night with great interest, and believe he made a compelling case for the pursuit and destruction of ISIS.

But, once again, VoteVets cannot support sending arms to Syrian rebels that many reports continue to suggest are still fighting alongside some of the same groups we fought against in Iraq, and are even reportedly entering into truces with ISIS. (1) (2)

Additionally, to think that training and providing equipment to the Free Syrian Army is a decisive course of action in Syria is flawed. The United States has spent $25 billion to train and equip Iraqi Security forces (3) which were overrun by ISIS earlier this year. $500 million in arms and training to a less effective force only guarantees, at best, a stalemate that is passed to the next president. Or, worse, potentially obligate even more U.S. forces in the region at a later date.

We don’t oppose using force to attack ISIS, but the idea of utilizing the Free Syrian Army to carry the load in Syria is unrealistic.

As one of the final advisors out of Northern Iraq, I fully supported President Obama’s efforts to hold the Kurdish line and protect the slaughter of tens of thousands of Yezidis on Mount Sinjar. I applaud efforts to be more inclusive of country’s Sunni minority in a new, post-Maliki government in Iraq.

But we risk making some of the same mistakes in Syria we made during the initial 2003 invasion of Iraq, and today, I cannot support that.

Tell me what you think:

http://action.votevets.org/thoughts

Adding to this, it’s important to note just how tall of an ask this is of the American people, and those who serve, in light of recent efforts by some in Congress to block money meant to improve veterans’ health care, education, and job training.

The cost of war doesn’t end when the last soldier returns home, or missile system is sent to an enemy of our enemy. Any money Congress authorizes to expand our operations into Syria should be matched by an investment in the care of those who have fought our previous wars.

Thanks for sounding off,

Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman
VoteVets.org

 

 

(1) http://www.ibtimes.com/us-backed-moderate-group-syria-signs-truce-isis-reports-1687662

(2) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/12/isis-deal-syria_n_5814128.html

(3) https://twitter.com/RichardEngel/status/510200061137911808

Cliven Bundy said WHAT?


So, you can always count on some folks ….Bundy doesn’t disappoint ! Question is …
WHAT do we, as voters do or think NOW about Republicans like Senator Rand Paul, Boehner, Dean Heller , Greg Abbott, Governor Rick Perry who support Bundy

Bundy made some racially charged comments about government assistance in his daily news conference Saturday, according to a New York Times story published Wednesday.

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” the rancher began as he described a “government house” in Las Vegas where he recalled that all the people who sat outside seemed to “have nothing to do.”

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he said, as quoted by the Times. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

The Times reached out to spokespeople for Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Dean Heller (R-NV), who have spoken in support of Bundy, and for Texas Attorney Gen. Greg Abbott (R). Those who responded distanced themselves from Bundy and his remarks.

A spokesman for Heller, who had called Bundy and his supporters “patriots,” told the Times that the senator “completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way.”

A spokeswoman for Abbott, who asked BLM to respond to reports that it planned to acquire land near his state’s Red River in the wake of the Bundy ranch standoff, told the Times that the gubernatorial candidate’s letter to the agency “was regarding a dispute in Texas and is in no way related to the dispute in Nevada.”

A spokesman for Paul told the Times that the senator wasn’t immediately available for comment on Bundy’s remarks. TPM has reached out to Paul’s office and will update when we receive a response.

Cliven Bundy Muses On What He Knows ‘About The Negro’

Defiant domestic terrorist Cliven Bundy shares his thoughts on liberty, race, and “the Negro.”
Cliven Bundy Muses On What He Knows 'About The Negro'

The standoff at Bundy Ranch is over, but Cliven Bundy can’t quite let go of the limelight, so he is giving a daily press conference. If he has nothing to say, he’s got plenty of opinions to share with reporters.

New York Times:

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

Two things to remember about this. First, Rand Paul and Dean Heller think this guy is a patriot and a hero. Second, the United States Supreme Court thinks race is no longer an issue any of us need to worry about.

Having read Bundy’s remarks, is anyone at all surprised that he doesn’t recognize the federal government’s authority?

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Also, a factcheck for the New York Times. This paragraph needs to be corrected:

Mr. Bundy, whose family has grazed cattle here since they homesteaded in the 1870s, owes the government more than $1 million in grazing fees. He stopped paying after the bureau ordered him to restrict the periods when his herd roamed the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area as part of an effort to protect the endangered desert tortoise.

You got taken for a ride, NYT. Bundy’s family didn’t buy that land until 1948 and didn’t start grazing their cattle on it until 1954.

Update: Rand Paul (predictably) distanced himself from Bundy’s remarks, saying “he completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way.”

However, let’s not forget that Rand Paul’s former social media director and book co-author Jack Hunter would be quite in agreement with Mr. Bundy. Senator Paul also supported doing away with the Civil Rights Act, and his former spokesperson Chris Hightower also posted racist remarks on Facebook. Sometimes actions speak louder than the strongest condemnation of someone else’s opinion.

Update 2: Waiting for Governor Rick Perry to walk back his praise for Mr. Bundy, too. I won’t hold my breath.