Man Killed Near Austin Juneteenth Festival:

Police said at 9:31 p.m. Tuesday patrol officers responded to a “person down” call at 900 Thompson Street (map). There they found David Rivas Morales, 40, who had suffered trauma to his body. He was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Police say that Morales was a passenger in a car that hit a 3 or 4-year-old child in the parking lot of the Brooke T. Washington Apartments. Immediately after the accident, somebody assaulted the driver of the car.

Then witnesses said several black males began beating Morales when he stepped out of the vehicle to try and stop the crowd from assaulting the driver. Police believe there were 2,000 to 3,000 people in the area when the driver and Morales were attacked.

The area is near Rosewood Park, where Juneteenth festivities were taking place Tuesday night.

(My emphasis.) I don’t know about you, but on the face of it, this looks like a bona fide hate crime. What are the chances that it will actually be treated like one?


  1. Mexigogue says:

    I don’t think anything should be designated a hate crime. Not only is it capricious (as far as prosecution goes), it also punishes people for thoughts rather than for actions. I don’t feel warm and fuzzy when somebody is murdering me for a non-racist reason, the murder is the crime, not the thought.

  2. Phelps says:

    Agreed. Of course, the Usual Suspects are the ones that I am looking at, and they aren’t piping up on this one.