Stigma lingers in town infamous for dragging death - KMOV.com

Stigma lingers in town infamous for dragging death

JASPER, Texas (AP) -- A Texas town known for a notorious hate crime is still struggling to shake off the stigma, more than a decade after a black man was chained to the back of a pickup truck and dragged to his death.
  
One chapter of the case is set to be closed Wednesday, when a purported white supremacist is set to be executed for the 1998 murder of James Byrd Jr. Lawrence Russell Brewer is scheduled for lethal injection.
  
Brewer's punishment puts a spotlight back on Jasper. The perception of racism has resurfaced with an attempt to oust three black city council members who helped confirm a black man as police chief. Many say the label is unfair.
  
Another man's case in Byrd's death remains under appeal. A third got life in prison.

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