A Civil Rights March in Lockhart Was Peaceful, but Counterprotesters Threatened Violence

A Civil Rights March in Lockhart Was Peaceful, but Counterprotesters Threatened Violence

Lockhart protestsWhen residents of Lockhart, a small town about thirty miles southeast of Austin, discussed holding a civil rights march, Ray Chandler, a deputy constable in surrounding Caldwell County, took to Facebook to post a self-professed “rant.” The one-time Austin police officer and a past executive of the Texas Police Association began with a disclaimer that he believed citizens had a right to protest peacefully. Then, over the course of four paragraphs, he wrote that if his family or property were threatened, he would retaliate. “I will defend myself, my family and my properties,” he wrote, “with a much greater force than what you’re attacking with and I can assure you that you may not live to talk about it!” The post spurred dozens of similar…View Original Post

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