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Family Sues Austin, TX for Death of Young Black Son by Police

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An Austin policeman shot a young black man to death and wounded another “simply because they were young, African-American males in a gentrified part of downtown Austin” – and it’s not the first time around for the Austin police, the dead man’s family says.

The family of the late Byron Carter Jr. sued Austin and its police Officer Nathan Wagner in Federal Court.

The family says Austin police Officers Nathan Wagner and Jeffery Rodriguez followed Carter and his friend to their car after the young men left a social function in downtown Austin.

Rodriguez is not named as a defendant.

“Byron Carter Jr. and his friend had not committed any criminal acts and were not wanted for anything whatsoever. Byron Carter Jr. and his friend were being followed by APD officers simply because they were young, African-American males in a gentrified part of downtown Austin” according to the complaint.

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  1. Sounds like the roar of yesterday around this nation! Far too many want the reality of racism and the other isms to just go away so that they don’t have to lift a mere finger to help some one being victimized by Jim Crow and the Klan! Listen closely the roar of the ancestors feet are coming and the Spirit of God is with them. Amen.

  2. give that pig 50 years http://www.mediacheckout.net/

  3. HERE IN THE BAY AREA THIS YEAR 9 U.N.A.R.M.E.D. YOUNG BLACKMEN WHERE KILLED BY POLICE …IM STARTING TO FEEL SICK AND ANGRY. IF I WHERE 20 YEARS YOUNG ID REVOLT IN WAYS UNIMAGINIBLE, ITS SEEMS BLACKS ARE STILL THE MOST HATED IN THE COUNTRY BY WHITE,HOW MUCH MORE WILL WE TAKE,ANSWER: WHEN THEY HAVE KILLED US OFF,I WATCH THE PRESIDENT SPEAK OF BLACK CONCERNS ON TV ONE THE OTHER NIGHT, HE TOLD THE INTERVIEWER POOR BLACKS HAVE NO ISSUES, HE ALSO TOLD BLACK TO TAKE OF OUR HOUSE SHOES AND PUT OUR BOOTS ON. THAT TRULY SADDEND ME AND MY FAMILY AS WE WATCH THOSE WORD COME FROM HIS MOUTH, WELL MR.PRESIDENT OUR BOOTS ARE WORN,TORN,DAMAGED,ABUSED,BEEN DRUG THROUGH CRAP,WHOLES IN THEM,I ONLY HAVE ONE BOOT LEFT,MY HOUSE SHOES ARE MILDEW BUT THEIR ALL IM LEFT WITH WHEN THE SHOE FACTORY REFUSED TO SELL MOST BLACK STURDY BOOTS.

    • This isn’t white against black…its cops against blacks! The problem is that the requirements to become a police officer in this country are a joke!!!!! 2 yr of college and thats it?!?!?! WTF!!!! No need for them to complete college….no need for any references….its ridiculous! What do u expect to happen when u give a 21 y/o “slightly” educated person a gun and ALL the authority in the world???? This is the major problem and this is why there are sooo many of these types of stories in this country every year.

    • when the president said to take off your slippers and march with him i took it that he meant for us to stop complianting about everything and back him, up to me no president has done anything for our blacks unless we come together as one with our marching shoes on, in the early 60s martin luther king we had to put on our marching shoes then to get things done, learn from the t party they put their marching shoes on and won the house back did you really think that by putting a black man in the white house that he could change things for us without our help, really?????

  4. WHEN IS THIS EVER GOING TO STOP? WHAT MAKES THIS COUNTRY THINK THAT THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO JUST KILL BLACK PEOPLE FOR THE HELL OF IT. IT APPEARS THAT WHITE MEN HAVE A REAL JEALOUSLY FOR BLACK MEN BECAUSE THEY’RE ALWAYS KILLING THEM AT ANY CHANCE THEY GET. IT’S OBVIOUS THAT THEY FEEL INTIMATED BY BLACK MEN, WHICH IS VERY SAD INDEED!!!!

    • Once again…its not a white against black thing….its the authority that police officers have to do whatever they want! Only one of the cops in this story is white…the other is hispanic….so do u think officer rodriguez was saying to his racist white partner, don’t hassle them, leave them alone. NOPE! he was right with him during the harrassment and ensuing shootoing. Its not a white against black thing…its a power thing. How can we can these police officers so much power and authority????? That is the big issue! All u need to have to become a police officer is 2 yrs of college…..THATS IT! No graduation from college, no references, no experience, nothing more! If u really think about it…its one of the easiest jobs to get in america next to working at mcdonalds given the requirements needed for the job!!!! A F***ing JOKE!!!!!!!!

  5. This is not surprising ,however I think it is very important that people pay attention to who the other police officer is ,because there are some other group’s who have declared war on African Americas and most African Americans aren’t even aware of this. its one thing to say a white officer (what’s new),but there are people who assimilate into that culture and hate African Americans more then you’ve ever believe.so folks I’m here to say its not just White people so watch out….

  6. Any heinous crime against ANYONE because of their race, their gender, because they are weaker (especially our children), or stronger, or despised, will not go without justice and punishment. I feel sorry for the human race and what we are doing to one another. Satan system is gross, inhuman, filled with dire sickness, and populated with pure evil and evildoers. But, God will have the final say in the end. And, we are patiently waiting for His return. My heart goes out to the Carter family for the lost of their son. I will keep them in my prayers. And, I will also pray for the officers who took Byron Carter Jr life simply because was leaving a soical function and is a child of God. They are going to need it.

  7. This story is appalling, but typical behavior for this out of control beast. They have traded their KKK uniforms in for police uniforms. The reason that they continue to Murder these young black men, is because there are no repercussions for this savagery. Every traffic stop is predicated by racist ideology and stereotyping, further exacerbated by the idiotic perception that because their pants are low, that they are guilty until proven innocent. This is problematic of a more sinister plot to annihilate a group of people. I think black people have to adopt a more stringent response to, this wanton disregard, for the lives and civil liberties of the Young black brothers. In the words of Malcolm
    “Stop Singing and Start Swinging”

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