The racial powder keg is so dangerous in East Texas that a local community leader is threatening to attack black activists who protest law enforcement personnel.
“You’d better run and you’d better hide, because we’re looking at videos, we’re looking, pulling names and addresses and we’re going to hunt you sons of [expletive] down,” said Nathan Ener in a video posted briefly online, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday.
The violent rhetoric came less than one week after Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was executed while filling up his vehicle at a gas station. Prosecutors say suspect Shannon Miles, 30, shot the officer 15 times on Aug. 28. He plans to plead not guilty to capital murder.
Ener, who worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice until 1999, made similar statements in 2014. His critics call him a white supremacist.
“Get you some [expletive] rocks and when they come out in that street we’ll give you a few minutes to pepper their [expletive],” his said at a protest with local activist Quanell X, the newspaper reported. “You light them up like they’ll have mumps or measles when they go home with all the bumps and knots all over.”
Ener’s rant took place just three days before officer Goforth’s funeral. Memorial services were held Friday at Second Baptist Church in Harris County, NBC News reported.
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“We’re here to honor the family. We’re to honor Deputy Goforth’s wife and children,” said visiting officer Rod Carroll, assistant chief of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, NBC reported. The gas station where Goforth was gunned down was also visited by roughly 1,000 people who left flowers and cards.
“My husband was a police officer for 30 years. He’s retired now. I know what it’s like to kiss somebody every day or every night and send them out, not knowing what they are going to encounter,” said Houston-area resident Libby Hodges, NBC reported. She held a sign that said “Our hearts are bleeding blue.”