UPDATED: March 19, 2018, 9:45 a.m. EST — There was a fourth bombing in Austin, Texas around 8:30 p.m. last night. There aren’t many details, but according to the Associated Press, two people were injured and the police chief claims the fourth bombs showed “a different level of skill.” The AP also reports, “Both men who were injured in Sunday night’s explosion in the southwestern Austin neighborhood of Travis Country are white, unlike the victims in the three earlier attacks, who were Black or Hispanic.” The men are in their 20s and the injuries are not life-threatening.
We will keep you posted as more info surfaces. Our thoughts go to everyone affected by this tragedy.
The fact that there are no apparent solid leads or suspects for the domestic terror package bombings that have killed Black people in Texas is distressing, to say the least.
Three separate packages filled with explosives have been left at three separate homes in Austin since March 2, when a 39-year-old man, who is Black, was killed while opening one. The other two incidents happened Monday, with one killing a 17-year-old Black boy and another injuring a grandmother, who is Hispanic. Police said the elderly woman may not have been the target of the attack.
The bombings became national news after the two blasts on Monday. It was a top story for just about every major media outlet in the country and prompted federal involvement of the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
But the optics are damning, as there have been few to none noteworthy developments in the investigation, which could be the result of law enforcement’s tried and true recipe of not prioritizing cases that involve Black death.
In contrast, it’s always much different when White folks are on the receiving end of domestic terrorism. The 2016 bombing in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City set off an immediate manhunt that ended in a quick arrest and ultimate conviction. It was the same with the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. And in the case of the elusive Unabomber, investigators conducted an unrelenting 18-year search.
There are clearly some differences between Austin and the other cases. The Boston Marathon bombing, for instance, happened at a major public event where there was public surveillance video available. Regardless, the sense of urgency shown by police in those cases don’t match up with what we;’re seeing out of Austin right now. Coincidence?
NewsOne called the Austin Police Department to request information on the investigation—suspect sketches, video, anything. The call was not immediately returned.