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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:27 PM
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FBI Probes Beating of (mentally handicapped) Black Man in Texas ...
Edited on Tue Oct-07-03 01:37 PM by ElsewheresDaughter
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FBI Probes Beating of Black Man in Texas

The Associated Press
Tuesday, October 7, 2003; 12:16 PM


LINDEN, Texas - The FBI was helping police determine whether the beating of a mentally handicapped black man left unconscious on an East Texas road was a hate crime.

On Monday, an FBI agent began reviewing the beating of Billy Ray Johnson. The 42-year-old has been hospitalized since the Sept. 28 attack with head and facial injuries, including brusing to the brain.

"They're going to look it over and see if it fits a hate crime," Police Chief Alton McWaters said Tuesday morning.

Police investigator David Martinez said he believes a group of white men took Johnson to a party, beat him up and then dumped him out in the country. He was found in a ditch near the road in east Texas.

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Punkingal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 01:48 PM
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1. It is a hate crime....
and I don't need any help figuring that out. :mad:
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joshdawg Donating Member (335 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 02:08 PM
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2. Definitely a hate crime.
I'd bet those good ol' boys that did the beating are real proud of themselves right about now. Disgusting creeps!! Hopefully, they will be caught soon.
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ignatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 02:16 PM
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3. Trash and pond scum. Depending on the depth of his
mental handicap, he conceivably could have been unable to even remotely protect himself.

Inhuman behaviour, more like a pack of rabid dogs and they should be treated and tried as such.

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Must_B_Free Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 02:18 PM
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4. But which hate?
was he beaten because he is black
Or was he beaten because he was mentally handicapped?
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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 02:56 PM
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5. Does it matter?
:shrug: Hate is hate no matter how you slice it.
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wellstone_democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 03:41 PM
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6. we *may* be assholes in West Texas
but when it comes to sheer horror, central and eastern Texas win every single damn time. Sometimes even I can't believe what comes out of that half of the state on the news wires...
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Castilleja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 03:47 PM
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7. You beat me to it!
I was going to ask what the hell is wrong with East Texas??! I am glad I live in South Texas. The book by Michael Lind, Made in Texas, likely explains East Texas, unfortunately.
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wellstone_democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 03:51 PM
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8. its the humidity
and possibly some sort of influence out of Louisiana I think. Man, if it is an atrocity, you can bet on them. Out here we just cleanly shoot 'em and leave them for the buzzards (well, that's what my neighbor is always going on about at any rate).
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Castilleja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:08 PM
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9. LOL
Down here, we just sue people! :thumbsup: :P
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