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    Gang Rape Of 11-Year-Old By 20 Men Ignites Racial Tension In Texas


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     The iReport below resurfaced a story CNN reported on back in March 2011. Here is some additional information about the story: Thirteen adults and five juveniles were arrested as part of an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a Texas girl, according to police back in 2011. You can read more about this story here.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Cleveland, Texas– The alleged gang rape of an 11-year old Hispanic girl by almost 20 African-American men has re-ignited racial tensions the small Texas town, locals say.



    In the same town that a black man was killed by the police over the theft of a pen in 1988,  and has recently had complaints of corruption against 3 black officials; some locals feel that the gang rape will become a “black and white issue”.



    Brenda Myers, a family acquaintance and leader of the  Community and Children’s Impact Center said, “It’s segregating our community again. The reaction is anger, devastation”.

    Suspects in the rape of an 11-year-old girl include (top, l. to r.) Jamarcus Napper; Jared McPherson; Kelvin King; (bottom, l. to r.) Marcus Porchia; Xavier King; Devo Green.

    One man felt that African-American men are victims of “selective prosecution” in  recent arrests:

    “Every adult male that had sex with this child should go to prison, I don’t care what the color is. But I do not believe black males are the only ones that had contact with this young child,” said Quanell X, the leader of Houston’s New Black Panther Party. “It appears to me there’s only been the selective prosecution of one community, which is African American.”

    The victim has reportedly been removed from custody from her parents. Police are investigating if there were more people involved in the crime.



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