Kevin Powell, BK Nation
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Another Tragic Murder of a Black Man Near Jasper, Texas
January 9, 2014, NEW YORK, NY—Alfred Wright, a 28-year-old young man, husband and father of three from Jasper, Texas, went missing in Sabine County on November 7, 2013. His body was found three weeks later by a family-organized search party, just 25 yards from where he was last seen. Over the last several weeks, the Wright family has grown increasingly concerned with the method by which the Sabine County Sheriff and Texas Rangers have dealt with Alfred’s case.
The Wright family’s desire to take action is compounded by the fact that this area of southeast Texas is notorious for harboring deep-rooted racial hatred. These tensions periodically manifest into violent, racially motivated crimes, such as the murder of James Byrd Jr., who was dragged to his death in Alfred’s hometown of Jasper.
Kevin Powell, acclaimed writer and activist, and president and co-founder of BK Nation, a new national organization, is now working closely with Alfred Wright’s family on this case:
“BK Nation and I are deeply concerned about the circumstances that led to the disappearance and subsequent finding of Alfred Wright’s body. We are demanding a full, thorough and independent investigation as to why the family had to hire a private investigator to locate his body, and also why they had to get a second autopsy report. It has been two months that this family has had to suffer not only through the loss of their loved one, but also a very careless and irresponsible investigation. As we approach the national holiday celebrating the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we are saying we want justice in all forms, and we want it immediately. That means we want the Department of Justice and its national arm of the FBI to deal with this.”
Anderson Cooper 360 will air a segment on the case of Alfred Wright Monday January 13th at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
A Bernsen Law Firm press release states that Texas Rangers’ autopsy report fails to explain apparent signs of severe trauma found on Alfred’s body, revealed by an independent second autopsy. One of the firm’s many concerns include the actions of a local member of law enforcement who began communicating toxicological findings with the general public even though that same person told members of the Wright family that no toxicology report was in existence.
“It is deeply troubling and hard to imagine why law enforcement is all of a sudden choosing to engage in investigatory efforts – interviewing family members and performing basic property searches – all of which should have occurred on day one.” —Bernsen Law Firm
Finally, the Wright family is requesting that the United States Department of Justice and its Civil Rights and FBI units take over the case and investigate Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox and Texas Ranger Danny Young.