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Black evacuees battled each other at Hurricane shelter.


CofCC.org News Team

The media is desperately trying to keep a lid on black looting and violence in Texas during Hurricane Ike.

From AP…

As Hurricane Ike blew through Texas, a different kind of storm was brewing inside an old Wal-Mart hastily converted into a shelter for evacuees.

The building, vacant for two years, quickly became a cauldron of tension, with 1,600 people crammed into a structure with a leaky roof, few indoor bathrooms and almost no privacy. Fights soon broke out, and one ended after police allegedly used pepper spray on dozens of evacuees and a Taser on a 15-year-old boy.

Accounts of what happened in the Wal-Mart, drawn from interviews and public records obtained by The Associated Press, raise questions about the soundness of the state’s evacuation plan.

Days before Ike hit the Gulf Coast on Sept. 13, more than 3,000 Beaumont residents were taken by bus to Tyler even though the city had told the state it could accommodate only about half that number. The result was a chaotic experience that many won’t soon forget.

Blacks blame “racist” police of course.

But some evacuees tell a different story, saying police were overly aggressive and used racial slurs.

“It was terrible,” said Nicholas Harris, 23. “People were just trying to get out, but police blocked the door and used the n-word. People were pushed down. It wasn’t right.”