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June 27th, 2012
07:39 PM ET

Accusations of racism stain Texas town once again

Jasper, Texas is no stranger to racial tension.

The city made national headlines in 1998 after James Byrd, Jr. was dragged to death by three alleged white supremacists. Now, 14 years later, tensions are again at an all time high between the white and black communities.

The first African-American police chief of Jasper, Rodney Pearson, was elected in early 2011 by a mostly black city council. Last week, he was fired – by a newly elected, mostly white city council.

Many in Jasper are calling it blatant racism in a town already haunted by it. Our own Deborah Feyerick is OutFront with more.


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