New Black Panther Party says Paris homicide was hate crime

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email
PARIS, TX -- A controversial homicide in Paris, Texas, has drawn the attention of the New Black Panther Party. The group was in Paris on Monday. Rashi Vats explains why the party claims there is more to this murder than meets the eye.

Charles Crostley and Shannon Keith Findley

PARIS, Tex. -- A controversial homicide in Paris, Texas, has drawn the attention of the New Black Panther Party. The group was in Paris on Monday. Rashi Vats explains why the party claims there is more to this murder than meets the eye.

The New Black Panther Party had their press conference outside in the rain to talk about the murder of Brandon McClelland. Charles Crostley and Shannon Keith Findley were arrested and charged in the death of 24-year-old Brandon McClelland, whose body was found on Lamar County Road on September 16. Both have been charged with murder.

Authorities say McClelland was the victim of a shooting and possibly a hit-and-run.

The New Black Panther Party claims that the investigation into McClelland’s death was not thorough, that the two men should be charged with a hate crime, and should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty.

Party representatives claim the crime was racially motivated.

"We are asking for an outside agency to come in and ensure that justice is served, either to the prosecutors of Mr. Charles Crostley and Shannon Keith Findley, who have been accused of this hate crime,” New Black Panther Party member Derick Brown told us.

Party officials say they met with Lamar County District Attorney Gary Young on Monday. Young did not want to comment on camera, but did tell us that his office is still investigating and that he had a good conversation with the New Black Panther Party.

The investigation is still ongoing, and the New Black Panthers say they will be holding a rally later this month.


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  • by Let them come on Nov 19, 2008 at 10:59 AM
    I am going to write the Black Panthers and ask them to come to Ardmore for the Goddard case. I want them to explain to the rest of us why this beating by five black men on one white, is not a "HATE CRIME". They murdered him by stomping and beating him. Then drove around with him beaten is his own car and wouldn't take him to a hospital. He died from the injuries they inflicted. IT WAS A HATE CRIME. I was there for the Dallas Cowboy Parade that turned into a riot. We had to hide in a tree to keeps the blacks from beating us up just because we were white. Three black men beat up a white girl right in front of us. Where were the Black Panthers then? They don't want to own up to both sides of the coin. Maybe I will start a group called "THE WHITE PANTHERS". Seeing how we are minorities now, I also would like to see a White American College Fund set up also. Try to stop me and it will be discrimination. Tables have turned people.
  • by mayor Location: tishomingo on Nov 18, 2008 at 05:30 PM
    A crime is a crime, no matter what color you are, we have become so petty, imature and its always someone else's fault meantality, it makes me wanna puke!!! come on people, do we have to BLAME EVERYONE FOR OUR Ignorance and incompetance as a PERSON, not color, how about something new? be a person that can make a difference in some young childs life and help them find responsibility in their exsistance instead of growing a NEW GENERATION OF WHINNING crybabies because I dont get what I think I " should be entitled to" which in my opinion is only to breath, you WORK FOR THE REST AND EARN IT, not given to you in a welfare check because you can breed more!!!!
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      by Kid on Mar 28, 2011 at 06:59 PM in reply to mayor
      @mayor, you have to realize that black people have been supressed and oppressed for almost 500 years now, and they dont have much patientence for anything. We are ready to fight back, and as laws have been passed the subtlety of the crimes have increased 10x. So now we have to finger and point out who is doing it for the hatred towards the man's personality, and who is doing it for the hatred of the man's color
  • by Trickl Location: TX on Nov 18, 2008 at 11:49 AM
    now I dont no if this is a hate crime or not, because I wasn't given enough information, but knowin' TX it very well could have been. And dont get this New Black Panther Party mixed up with the old one. Either way neither parties are thugs, the NBPP may be a bit Radical, but they dont go around spewing hatred against white people or hanging them like the KKK. While I do not agree with the NBPP I thing a thug is the wrong word to use.
  • by really Location: confused on Nov 18, 2008 at 09:57 AM
    A crime against a non-white by a white...hate crime; a crime against a WHITE by a NON-White..... not a hate crime... WTF????? murder is murder...rather it be green, yellow, brown, purple with pink polka dots...whatever....this whole race thing just blows my mind.
  • by john Location: paris on Nov 17, 2008 at 05:22 PM
    I read in the paper that, the murder of Brandon McClelland was a hate crime. Racially motivated. The New Black Panther Party are blowing this way out of view. Whos the one to say this is a racially motivated, besides the investorgater of the crime. I hope this is not being brought up because of our new president. Lets hope The United States will not be divided up by race. We have over come that issue along time ago. I personally voted for oun new president. Hoping he will give us a "change". The problum in Paris,Tx is that everybody want's the bigger hand. What really needs to be done, is that we just need to work as one, and accomplished more together, but we all turn to the blind eyes and are ablivious to what really going on in hand. Not taking either side, but I belevie this was not a racially motivated crime. Just making to much of nothing. Thats what I see or my opinion.Thanks for your time . Citizen of Paris.
  • by victoria ruby Location: england on Nov 6, 2008 at 11:02 PM
    as a white english woman,i am on your side but dont believe there shud b a side 2 b on!the speech on u tube does sound racist bout slitting white throats!dont u think this incites race hate with such words,plz dont lower urself 2 racists standards ur just fueling the fire?its only the minority in most the world whom r racist&its racist 2 tar us wit the same brush.even so im embarrassed by the comments left on u tube re that speech.also most of us english b,w,or different dont believe muslims did anything to the usa but 2b oil resourseful.plz excuse the abbs,just limited typing!of course there is under ground racism but i can assure u most of us whites dont let any dirty comment go unnoticed or unrectified and its very rar 2 hear it bout black,usually asian,so maybe we shud work on that racism in uk as its due to the misdirection of r governments.totally support u but hard to defend racist comments to racists?!peace be with u or sallum salacum(soz bout spelling!)PEACE xxx
  • by Rebekah Location: Paris,Texas on Oct 15, 2008 at 06:42 AM
    Most of the people who are leaving comments don't understand. They don't live here and don't have to dealwith all the raciasm that goes on in this small city. We can't get the good jobs we want, the houses(it not a credit or a money issue). It's due to racist people who have taught their children to be racist.I remember Brandon and I really don't think they should get away with murder. There was a murder in '99, a black man was with white girl and the ex boyfriend killed and said he did and they executed the black man (this happened in Paris, Texas)and the man ran and left Paris because he felt guilty. I hope the NBP do something. thanks P.O.B.W.
  • by mrs b Location: okc ok on Oct 10, 2008 at 04:48 PM
    Maybe Paris need the Black Panther to protect some people; since there are so many active kkk in paris texas think people.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 10, 2008 at 08:57 AM
    Majority of the population in the prison system is black because they spend to much time whining over "hate crimes" and not enough being good members of society. I look around now days and see people of every color. Why do we still call blacks minorities? Around here there are just as many if not more blacks over whites.
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      by Kiddd on Mar 28, 2011 at 07:05 PM in reply to
      @The Anonymous Writer, I dont think u know what you're talking about right now because black people's population is dropping because their is 3000 miles between us and the other black people in this world. But on the latinos the border is at the bottom of the US, so their access to the country is much easier, as their population grows every day. White people's subtlety of crime and racism has heightened, but when people blatenly run over and kill black people, there is a possibility he did this crime out of racism. Similarly the acts of the Gena 6 started because of hate crimes.
  • by DANA Location: OKLAHOMA on Oct 10, 2008 at 04:14 AM
    RE:JUDGE... Life ain't that way. If they do drugs they will get more time than killing someone. if they rape or molest children they will get less time than murder. So tell me where that is not a "hate crime" against the Americans', by OUR justice system..... IT NEEDS TO BE, AN EYE FOR AN EYE...YOU KILL, BE KILLED, NO EXCEPTION!!!!!
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