Houston Chronicle, Texas
Brutal Killing : Protesters rally at courthouse in dragging case
By JEFF CARLTON
November 17, 2008
PARIS, Texas — Protesters galvanized by a dragging death that stirred memories of the notorious James Byrd case rallied twice outside an East Texas courthouse Monday to speak out against a justice system they consider racist.................
About 60 people, led by a contingent from the New Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam, met at the Lamar County Courthouse to bring attention to the death of Brandon McClelland. Later in the day, the groups returned with about 200 protesters. Afterward, dozens of people chanting "No justice, no peace" marched to a nearby church for a meeting.
............................Authorities have said two suspects, both of them white, purposely ran over and killed McClelland, a black man, following an argument on the way home from a late-night beer run in September. McClelland's body was dragged about 70 feet beneath a pickup truck and dismembered by the trauma near Paris, a city about 95 miles northeast of Dallas with a history of tense relationships between blacks and whites.....................
The death came 10 years after Byrd was killed in Jasper, another East Texas town. Byrd was chained to the back of a pickup truck and dragged for three miles..