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Re: the Riverside Arts District ["Faster Than Sound: Pop Goes the Arts District
," Music, Jan. 11]: Every time I think of Defend Our Hoodz, I think of a band of masked thugs. In the last several years I've attended two events where they have shown up. They aren't interested in conversation; only in shouting divisive and hate-filled slogans.
Several months ago two Defend Our Hoodz members assaulted an elderly man whose only mistake was to attend an event at the arts venue. Both are now charged with felony assault of a senior citizen. They punched and knocked him to the ground where they continued to kick him. For me personally, that incident typifies Defend Our Hoodz. Just a bunch of hate-filled masked thugs ranting and raving at the top of their lungs; even going so far as for two of them to assault a senior citizen. And just to clarify: I am a very low-income resident who's lived in East Austin longer than most [of] their members have been alive.