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Alfred Wright death investigation demonstration shuts down DPS office early
JASPER- by Haley Bull
The Jasper office of the Texas Department of Public Safety closed its' doors early Monday after a demonstration over the investigation of Alfred Wright's death.
"No justice, no peace, no justice, no peace," the chant of dozens of protestors outside the building's doors.
It was a cry for justice and a call for action, turned heated demonstration.
"Vengeance is mine and I will repay it," Wright's mother, Rosalind Wright, told troopers standing in the doorway.
Members of the New Black Panther Party and supporters of Alfred Wright's family converged on the office Monday afternoon questioning the investigation into Wright's death. The Texas Rangers took the lead in the investigation in December. The group is part of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
"Everything is not lining up. The picture that's being painted, the scenario that's being given about drugs and all of that," Wright's father, Douglas Wright, said.
Wright went missing November 7th in Sabine County. Family and friends continued the search after the Sheriff's office stopped looking. It was the personal effort that led to the discovery of his body November 25th.
An official autopsy shows he died from an accidental drug overdose, a combination of methamphetamine, amphetamine and cocaine.
"No, that was totally made up," Rosalind Wright said.
Wright's family believes foul play is linked to his death. Demonstrators say it's a race issue.
"You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that foul play was involved," Douglas Wright said.
Members of the New Black Panther Party and Wright's parents spoke during the rally. At one point,k the group tried to force its' way inside the DPS office, demanding to speak to a ranger involved in the case. Troopers forced the group back and locked them out.
"It doesn't matter what type of demonstration, but we can't allow people to disrupt that normal business operation," Trooper Stephanie Davis said.
A barricaded building, a cry for justice and a family seeking answers.
"All I want is justice for Alfred Wright and I just want the DOJ or whoever else to come in here and just take, just come in and just swoop this thing and start really doing an investigation so we can find out what happened to my son," Rosalind Wright said.
The Texas Rangers and the Department of Justice are investigating the death.