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I want to subscribe to The Texas Observer. Check enclosed Bill me 22 THE TEXAS OBSERVER OCTOBER 29, 1999 Will he reach his high aspirations? Or will ; he just blow it? Read about it in the Observer. Where did you find this issue of the Observer? “Zero Tolerance,” from page 12 the back of the house at the time of the shooting. They moved out the same day. The couch where Burt’s brother Blake had been sleeping directly in the line of fire was the only furniture remaining in the duplex. Steve showed me where the forensics team had pulled a stray bullet out of the wall just above the couch. \(Blake was hustled out the back door by officers so fast, he didn’t Rusty’s family in Florida, breaking the news to his grandfather and brother. Andy, Kristie, Kasia, and Steve packed up Rusty’s things so that his mother wouldn’t have to see the mess. Rusty’s mother and brother arrived the next day, and a wake was held a few days later. Rusty’s family would have seen him soon; he was planning a temporary move to Florida at the end of the week to be near his ailing grandfather and to look after his brother, with whom he was very close. Rusty also wanted to be near his son, who turned seven on the day he was shot. His mother took his ashes back to Florida, where Christopher helped spread them. “She told us that he seemed to understand who it was and what it meant,” Kristie told me. Rusty’s wasn’t the only life disrupted by the events of May 24. His ex-wife and son will lose their child support. Steve Williams was evicted from his trailer. Burt and Alyssa have gone to live with Burt’s parents. Several arrested that night lost their jobs. David Stringfellow, arrested for allegedly selling half a bottle of Vicodin to Roy Parrish for thirty dollars, is still in jail five months later, on a parole violation. David had been living with his mother, a seventyyear-old woman who told me Parrish tried to solicit her for pills as well. The drug war breaks up families, a reality that Sue Cohen said the police seemed to sincerely appreciate. She recalled an instance in which the task force arrested and jailed the parents of a family with seven children. It was Officer Chase Stapp, she told me, who called her office asking for some “Drug-Free” t-shirts for the kids. Quiet, rail-thin, with a deeply creased face and short, wiry gray hair, Steve Williams doesn’t become animated until he starts talking about the shooting. At the duplex, he can’t resist walking through the incident one more time, demonstrating how the cops’ version just doesn’t make sense. Rusty fell a good ten feet from the door, around a corner. He thinks the task force came to the house looking for trouble. He thinks they may have shot Rusty before he reached the door. He demonstrates how they could see Rusty through the windows, but Rusty couldn’t see them. He doesn’t know what to believe. “It’s just like the thing in Waco: ‘The Davidians were all a bunch of idiots and they shot at us and then they set themselves on fire,'” he said. “Now come to find out it was all a bunch of lies.” Back at his place, he shows me a Glock like Chase Stapp’s, coated in nylon, lightweight, fast, deadly. See how the clip can hold fourteen bullets, how the safety automatically disengages when you pull the trigger. “This is what it’s beginning to be like here in the U.S.,” he said. Zero tolerance. Photo Manipulation in Photoshop Make your photos more spectacular through digital enhancement, photo montage, colorizing, creative new compositions or simply digital cleaning. I can also digitize your favorite photos for safer, long-lasting archiving.