Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Texas Crowd Beats Man To Death

BBC News is reporting the beating death of a man who stepped out of the car in which he was riding to check on the condition of a young girl who had been struck by the car.

The collision happened at low speed in a parking lot, and the girl, said to be three or four years old, was not seriously injured.

But the passenger, David Rivas Morales, was beaten by the crowd and left lying on the ground. He was taken to a hospital where he died soon afterward.

The incident happened near Austin, Texas, where a couple of thousand people had gathered for a ceremony commemorating the freeing of the slaves.

A Google News search a few minutes ago indicated that this story had not appeared in any major American news, although it had drawn a bit of local coverage. A more recent search shows that it has been picked up by the AP and carried by FOX.

Editor & Publisher has more.