After months of silence, federal authorities have announced an indictment on drug charges connected to the mysterious death of Alfred Wright in East Texas.
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Staff writer Patrick Michels shares his comprehensive look at the death of Alfred Wright from Jasper, and what it means to an East Texas community haunted by its racist past.
The family of Alfred Wright, a black man found dead in rural East Texas last year, has made his mysterious death a civil rights cause, saying local authorities are hiding the truth.
With no official news on how Jasper’s Alfred Wright wound up dead in an East Texas field last fall, national media have joined local activists in airing their own theories.
Autopsy results say Alfred Wright died of an accidental drug overdose, but activists are planning a “Justice for Alfred” rally, airing their concerns that Wright was another victim of violent racial tension in East Texas.
At a press conference this morning in Beaumont, the family of Alfred Wright—who was found dead last month after disappearing off a rural East Texas highway—criticized the official investigation into his death.
There’s ample precedent in Jasper for violence against a black man out alone at night, but authorities are frustrated that so many have been quick to find racism and scandal in Alfred Wright’s mysterious disappearance.