Protesters rally at Lamar County Courthouse in dragging case

By: KXII Staff & Wire Reports
By: KXII Staff & Wire Reports
PARIS, TX - Dozens of protesters rallied outside the Lamar County Courthouse to complain about a justice system they consider racist.

Charles Ryan Crostley (left), and Shannon Keith Findley

PARIS, Tex. - Dozens of protesters rallied outside the Lamar County Courthouse to complain about a justice system they consider racist.

The case involves the September death of Brandon McClelland, who was black.

Two of his white friends have been charged with the killing, in which McClelland was run over and dragged by a pickup after the three made a beer run. Charles Ryan Crostley and Shannon Keith Findley, both 27, were charged with McClelland's murder in September.

Authorities dispute that racism was the motivation for McClelland's death, citing the victim's years-long friendship with the suspects.

About 60 people, led by a contingent from the New Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam, were outside the Lamar County Courthouse.

Later yesterday, the groups returned with about 200 protesters.

More than a dozen law enforcement officials stood on street corners near the protesters. There were no arrests.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Nov 22, 2008 at 09:47 PM
    I remember a time those on the "right" used to compalin about those on the "left" being whiners. To be honest, that criticism was oft times correct. However, today, in fact for the past decade or so, it is the "right" who have become the mothers of all whiners. Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, the horse faced blonde in the black dress, all of them do nothing but whine, whine, whine. Ohhhh Whaaa...Mommy, Daddy! The liberal press, the mainstream media, and all the hollywood types are ganging up on me, please help! I'm a helpless pathetic crybaby who insists you think like me, and if you don't do as I say, I'll make up a stupid lie that will get your attention. Something like the war on Christmas, or claims of commie terrorist sympathizer taking over the white house. Look, you righties have done nothing but whine 24/7 for years. During the next 4 (or 8) years I expect you will be demanding that Congress add a 25th hour to the day so you can whine even more.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Nov 22, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    Hey Johnny - 2 words - short bus
  • by It's all about ME ME ME!! Location: OZ on Nov 21, 2008 at 11:07 PM
    Those that cry and protest about racism are the racist ones. In my opinion, the NEW Black Panthers need to go up to Oklahoma and demonstrate against the KKK or the NEW KKK that's supposedly on the comeback.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2008 at 03:25 PM
    Look WOW knows how to add. He must be in the first grade. By the way "get over yourself" , this story is a MSNBC. They are also making this to be something it is not.
  • by get over yourself on Nov 20, 2008 at 08:40 AM
    Imao, IGNORANT is the best word to describe Johnny's comment, and it doesn't get anymore intelligent than that. Anyone who has such a HIGH OPINION of themselves, that they would proclaim to know exactly "HOW EVERY PERSON IN THE WORLD FEELS" is IGNORANT! When I want someone to tell me HOW TO THINK, I'll start watching MSNBC!
  • by ed on Nov 20, 2008 at 07:37 AM
    I take it your sarcasm means you realize you used a silly analogy to agree with a stupid comment.
  • by Tommy Chong Location: L.A. on Nov 20, 2008 at 05:16 AM
    Mr. Ed! You are totally right on dude! I must have been in a smokey fog when I wrote that. I mean, you hang out with horses of other color, I'm sure. For a horse, of course, you sure are awesome!
  • by lmao Location: oklahoma on Nov 20, 2008 at 03:45 AM
    I agree with Johnny completely we are all racist in some way or another and thats just the way it is.(Tommy Chong) i like the squirrels don't hang with raccoons bit that was funny but true. and (get over yourself) how was it ignorant because you could think of anything intelligent to say on the matter?
  • by Wow! Location: someone agreed with Johnny on Nov 19, 2008 at 08:46 PM
    Johnny, you finally got a few remarks on your comment. They come from some real intelligent people too. They may have a 5th grade education between the three of them! Why heck, add in your education, and it may add up to a 6th grade education between the four of you. Way to go!
  • by Tito on Nov 19, 2008 at 02:00 PM
    ed, try this, you see shelties hanging out with german sheppards.
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