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Wednesday April 5, 2017


The Egalitarian


Texas deputy constable fatally shot after arriving for work Associated Press BAYTOWN, Texas — A highly regarded Texas law enforcement officer was shot and killed Monday moments after arriving for work in an attack that prompted a massive manhunt for the gunman. The shooting of Harris County Precinct 3 Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood did not appear to be random, according to Baytown police Lt. Steve Dorris, but a motive was not immediately clear. “Whether or not he was specifically targeted, or whether this was because of the uniform he was wearing or the place he pulled up to in the morning, we just don’t know that right now,” Dorris said. No arrests had been made as of Monday evening. Dorris said authorities were still “actively investigating” the shooting. Investigators said late Monday they were looking for a suspect described as a white or Hispanic male, approximately 6 feet (1.8 meters) to 6-feet-3 inches tall, with short hair and a medium to stocky build. The man was described as possibly wearing a dark jacket with some type of patch on the sleeve and was seen in the area around the time of the shooting. Baytown police said the suspect might have fled the scene

in a dark vehicle. Greenwood, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, was shot outside a county courthouse building in Baytown, east of Houston. He suffered a single gunshot wound and was airlifted to a Houston hospital where he died. The attack led to the lockdown of a nearby high school and a broad response by law enforcement as authorities closed intersections as part of their search for the suspect. Access to businesses in the area was limited as law enforcement helicopters searched by air and officers spread into nearby neighborhoods. Montgomery County sheriff’s Lt. Tim Cannon told the Houston Chronicle that he had known Greenwood for decades and was struggling to understand who would harm him. “Clint was absolutely a target, for whatever reason. We don’t know,” he said. “But he didn’t need to be a target. Clint was there to help. And whoever this person was, Clint probably would have reached out to help him as well.” A reward of up to $65,000 has been offered for information that would lead authorities to arrest and charge someone in the case. Greenwood received his law license in the 1980s and worked for the Harris County district attorney’s office. At one point, he

Godofredo A. Vasquez/AP Photo Authorities investigate the scene where Harris County Precinct 3 Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood was fatally shot outside the Baytown courthouse, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Baytown, Texas. oversaw the office’s civil rights division. He also once served as part of the command staff for the Harris County sheriff’s office, one of the busiest in the country. “My heart goes out to the family and friends of Assistant Chief Deputy Greenwood and the Harris County law enforcement community in the wake of this heinous murder,” Gov. Greg

Image courtesy of Eduardo Perme Justice Butler went from homeless to hopeful after enrolling in HCC.

Poetic Justice, From Page 4 and I knew it would only be a matter of time before she saw me and one day she did. She offered to allow me to move in with her but I refused until I felt like I would be able to pay her rent.” Justice continued to hold her signs until she was able to save up $600 to pay her friend rent and then she moved in. “I had always told them while we were out there homeless, ‘I’m going to back to school and then I’m coming back to get y’all.’ It was an urgency, so as soon as I got into school, I wanted to start doing things.” Even after she found stable housing she would still go out with her sign, this time, as a show of appreciation to the motorist

who had found it in their hearts to stop to chat, honk in support, or spare what they could monetarily. “On Christmas day I went out with a sign that said: ‘Because of you I’m not homeless. “A” student, thank you for believing, bless you.’ I wanted to let people know, this is what your money did to help me, these are the results” One day while she was holding one of her thank you signs she was approached by a motorist with a story that would open her eyes to the true impact she had been making on others. “Before she turned she gave me $20. I said, ‘No ma’am I’m here just to thank you guys.’ She said, ‘No you changed my son’s life!’

Abbott said in a statement. “Texas is taking action to strengthen penalties for those brazen enough to commit crimes against law enforcement, and we will send a message that such vile acts will not be tolerated.” The shooting of Greenwood was reminiscent of the 2013 slaying of a prosecutor as he exited his car and walked

The woman’s son had followed Doap on social media and interviewed her for a school assignment. “She said, ‘You just don’t know who you inspire and touch.’ That was really touching to me, I almost cried.” Recalls Butler. Justice’s dream is to continue to spread her message of positive promotions and serving through her own musical genre called Music Poetry, which incorporates, poetry with a mix of other genres—for now her music is categorized as either world or alternative— her social media platforms which boasts over 42,000 followers on Twitter alone and through the non-profit she is working to start which will support and employ the homeless. “I feel like the homeless would know the struggle better than anyone else. I feel they will be more passionate and willing to make change happen.” She also hopes to start a bicycle shop that will also employ the homeless. She even sees herself running for council one day. After shedding light on a broken water line – that had been a neighborhood nuisance for over one year—through social media, she was able to get the problem resolved within a matter of days. “That was my prized moment to let me know that I could make a difference. I feel like I can call myself an activist” Her high ambitions and eagerness to give back have not caused her to forget her struggles, instead she has chosen to keep them as experiences from which she has been able to learn and grow. “What God wanted me to learn was how to say, let me do this and then I’ll take care of you. let me do this first, take care of me and my best friend in the mirror and then, I got y’all. Now I’m still good and I can afford to help y’all too.” For now, her goals are much more

into work southeast of Dallas. Authorities say the gunman who killed Mark Hasse outside the Kaufman County courthouse later fatally shot the county’s district attorney and his wife. The deaths were retribution after Hasse and District Attorney Mike McLelland prosecuted gunman Eric Williams for the theft of county equipment, authorities have said.

modest. Her most recent initiative has been to start the Nerd Gang movement. “It stands for Natural Educated Real Diplomatic. Those are all words to stand by.” The Communications major who has always considered herself a Nerd in the traditional sense has started a movement that redefines the word. “To be Natural, that’s who you really are, Educated, is yearning for knowledge, being Real with people and real with yourself and being Diplomatic using your mind more and fighting in a diplomatic way.” The leader of the Nerd Gang says that school remains her primary focus, “Right now my goal is to make straight A’s this term.” Justice credits her struggles with increasing her worth as an individual. “Through those experiences it’s learning and I can say I’ve learned that it makes you a better person and it makes you better to serve.” Justice believes that her visual diary on social media is not just a testament to her struggles as well as success but also serves as a form of empowerment to her followers. “I said, ‘I’m going to be involved in everything because I’m on a mission.’ I made a promise to be something because I’m representing my people out there who are homeless. I’m representing regular people and I’m showing y’all my blueprint. There is no way you can say you can’t do it because you’re looking daily at what I’m doing. I don’t want to tell you what I’m doing I want you to be a part of it. You are all on this journey with me.” To follow Justice’s journey, make sure to follow her on Instagram @doap22, Twitter @diaryofapoet and Facebook: DoapAddict

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April 5, 2017 issue of The Egalitarian  

Photo club ventures out to NOLA, The Beautiful Struggle follows student from homelessness to HCC, Astros start season off strong with win in...

April 5, 2017 issue of The Egalitarian  

Photo club ventures out to NOLA, The Beautiful Struggle follows student from homelessness to HCC, Astros start season off strong with win in...