RECEIVED Wed., Oct. 28, 2020

Dear Editor, 
    I read “ARIC:Black Marchers with Guns?” I couldn’t help but notice that Rakem Balogun was disenfranchised and left homeless by the biased actions of the law enforcement partnership at the ARIC, which is operated by the Austin Police Department (APD). Balogun was targeted by ARIC after he marched in Austin. He lost his Dallas house. In Austin, APD had former Assistant Chief Justin Newsom influencing the groups that decided which “homeless“ person got housing. I was in the meeting room where it happened. Remember Newsom resigned over complaints that he had openly made racist comments against Blacks for over a decade. I also recall the 2005 Chronicle report on the APD “Burn Baby Burn” scandal. APD officers were caught celebrating during a fire at a Black business. Didn’t want to provide service (equal protection) to the Black business. So this biased ARIC targeting is part of the ongoing hate crime against Blacks by APD leadership. It’s a hate crime not homelessness.
Sara Black
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