Protesters rally at Lamar County Courthouse in dragging case

Charles Ryan Crostley (left), and Shannon Keith Findley
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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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