TWB Publisher Says: What the hell is going on in Tyler Texas?
As reported by KVIA.com As Hurricane Ike blew through Texas last month -- a different kind of storm was brewing inside a former Wal-Mart in Tyler. The site was hastily converted into a shelter for evacuees.
The Associated Press reports the building, which had been vacant for two years, quickly became a cauldron of tension. About 1,600 people were crammed into a structure with a leaky roof, few indoor bathrooms and almost no privacy. Fights soon broke out, and one ended after Tyler police allegedly used pepper spray on dozens of evacuees and a Taser on a 15-year-old boy. Accounts of what happened in the building were drawn from interviews and public records obtained by AP.
Tyler officials stand by their actions, saying they acted properly.
A spokeswoman for Governor Rick Perry says the state provides buses, police and military support, but shelter decisions are made by local officials.
Days before Ike hit the Gulf Coast on September 13th, more than 3,000 Beaumont residents were taken by bus to Tyler.
Tyler had told the state it could accommodate only about half that number. More HERE
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