Tag Archives: Crime & Violence

Rio Grande Project | Undocumented Migrants

I Have a Name / Yo Tengo Nombre

In 2012, Texas surpassed Arizona to become the deadliest state for border-crossings, with 271 migrants having died attempting to circumvent border patrol checkpoints in search of a new life. Many die without the type of documentation that allows for easy identification, leaving, in the best of circumstances, forensic experts to attempt to suss out identities or, in the worst, migrants left unidentified and with their remains mishandled and forgotten. The Texas Observer has launched a project working with photographers and forensic professionals to build a database of the unidentified through photographed objects and physiological notes to try and reconcile these remainders with the human lives to which they once belonged.

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I Have a Name / Yo Tengo Nombre

Additional

Introducing ‘I Have a Name/Yo Tengo Nombre’” (The Texas Observer | December 2016)
Beyond the border” (The Texas Observer + The Guardian | August 2014)

(Image Credit: via I Have a Name/Yo Tengo Nombre)

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North Texas News | Black

Newly released dashcam footage shows Ft. Worth police officer shooting man in back, contradicting earlier claims
  • The incident took place in July as officers responded to a report of an armed robbery in an apartment complex.
  • David Collie was shot in the back while walking away from the officers, who claimed he appeared to be armed and fit the description of one of the robbery suspects despite Collie being significantly shorter and thinner than the suspects.
  • Collie is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the encounter, and the officers returned to duty after a few days of internal investigation that found no wrongdoing on their part.

Watch:

Source: TheWFirm YouTube

Local coverage:
Man Paralyzed After Being Shot in His Back by Fort Worth Police: Lawyer” (NBC 5 | December 2016)
Video released in FW police shooting that left man paralyzed” (Fox 4 | December 2016)
Dash Cam Video Appears To Show FW Officer Shoot Man In Back” (CBS 11 | December 2016)
Attorney: Viral video not an isolated incident among Fort Worth cops” (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram | December 2016)

National coverage:
New Video Casts Doubt on Police Account of Shooting of Black Man Left Paralyzed” (NBC News | December 2016)
Police say a black man was shot after pulling a blade on officers. A new video raises doubts.” (The Washington Post | December 2016)
KING: Chilling details emerge after Texas police shoot black man in the back, paralyzing him” (The New York Daily News | December 2016)

Central Texas News | Drag/Queer

Two drag performers physically assaulted in Austin
  • The performers—Robbie “Serotonin” Foster and an unidentified friend—were attacked as they left BarGayz, a weekly queer-oriented dance night at the downtown bar Barbarella.
  • Police reported that a car pulled up beside the two and an unidentified person got out and attacked them, including breaking one of their legs with the car as the assailant drove away.
  • As of December 30th, the attacker remains at large, and police have not yet indicated if they are pursuing hate crime charges.

Read:
Drag performers attacked after leaving bar near Sixth Street” (KXAN | December 2016)

Additional:
Benefit for Serotonin and Nicholas (Facebook)
Help Serotonin’s Recovery (GoFundMe)

Related:
Transgender people hit hard by violence, depression and poverty, survey finds” (The Dallas Morning News | December 2016)
APD teaming up to launch LGBT safety initiative” (KVUE | April 2016)

(Image Credit: via GoFundMe)

North Texas News | Black

Black community leaders push for justice following violent arrest of black mother
  • Clergy and activists called on Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald to fire an officer involved in the violent arrest of Jacqueline Craig, a mother who had called for assistance after a neighbor reportedly choked her son for littering, and her two daughters.
  • The recording of the incident shows the officer asking Craig why she hadn’t taught her son not to litter and why the neighbor didn’t have the right to choke the boy, which led to Craig’s daughter attempting to draw her mother away from the situation and Craig herself being arrested despite having committed no crime.
  • In a press conference, Fitzgerald interpreted the video of the incident as indicating “rude” but not racist behavior, sparking outrage as community members fear improper handling of the investigation.

Watch:

Source: Fox 4 News Fort Worth YouTube

Read:
Mother calls Fort Worth police for help, gets arrested after ugly confrontation” (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Black leaders pressure Fort Worth officials for swift firing of officer in viral video” (The Dallas Morning News)
White Texas Cop’s Arrest of Three Black Women Appears Racist: Lawyer” (NBC News)
NGAN Calls for Action Against Officer, Neighbor in Viral Video” (NBC 5 Fort Worth)