Officials Insist Attacks on Drivers Not Related to Juneteenth Celebrations

It doesn’t seem to be a hate crime, it really seems to be a spontaneous act resulting from that collision with that child. – Austin Police Department commander

FOXNews.com
June 21, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post

Police and organizers of Juneteenth events in two cities are insisting that attacks against drivers — one of which left an Austin, Texas, man dead — have nothing to do with the crowds attending the celebrations.

On Tuesday, 40-year-old Austin resident David Rivas Morales was beaten to death in an attack near a Juneteenth celebration after the driver of the car he was riding in struck and injured a little girl.

In Milwaukee, police responded in riot gear to disperse the crowd at that city’s celebration on Tuesday after a man was pulled from a car and beaten and an officer was injured trying to break up a fight.

“It doesn’t seem to be a hate crime, it really seems to be a spontaneous act resulting from that collision with that child,” said Commander Harold Piatt of the Austin Police Department. “We don’t know if there were any words exchanged between the driver and the men to start with that escalated this to the assault.”

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