Vandals threaten disabled man at his home in the controversial town of Paris, Texas.
Wired PR News.com – “They were beating on my door, like they wanted to get in so bad, I thought they were trying to make me move out” said Bobby Yates of maintenance men whom he says came to tell him of the shocking site in his backyard. Yates, who lives in a public housing apartment complex, was victimized early Monday by vandals who inscribed statements such as “KKK,” “Whites Only,” and “Get Out Nigger,” on the outside of his apartment, and threw toilet paper around his back yard.
Witnesses say area police responded to requests to go to the scene, however, did not take finger prints as maintenance men quickly covered the writings with paint. Yates, a disabled man whose legs were amputated after a hunting accident approximately 29 years ago, says he is typically a stay at home person, and does not know exactly who would have done the vandalism.
Paris, Texas became a media sensation in 2007 after protests from civil rights groups who alleged widespread racial discrimination in the police department and public school system. Yates is currently fighting an eviction from the Ridgeview apartment complex, due to a pending charge against him. He says that he previously reported an assault by three individuals who entered his home early one morning, and refused to leave after accusing him of assaulting the female.
The disabled man can be heard on a 911 tape calling for help, however, police subsequently accused only him of a crime in connection to the occurrence. The vandals had also written “Get out” and “Move nigger or die” on different areas outside of Yate’s apartment.
In regards to the vandalism and pending charges, Yates told Wired PR News, “I feel depressed. I ain’t never been through this before until I move here, I think it’s wrong how people are doing me down here.”
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