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Texas police officer antagonized people in small town prior to shooting, residents say | The Washington Post

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Texas police officer antagonized people in small town prior to shooting, residents say | The Washington Post

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Arelis R. HernándezMark Berman & Mary Beth Gahan, The Washington Post

WOLFE CITY, Texas — Few people knew his real name, but in the short six months that Shaun Lucas patrolled this tiny Texas community, he earned a reputation.

Black residents of Wolfe City, a town of 1,400 people about 70 miles north of Dallas, warned each other about the “new cop” and the harassing behavior a growing list of people had experienced over minor violations that would raise nary an eyebrow in the quiet community before Lucas arrived.

Residents say the 22-year-old officer had been overly aggressive with his traffic enforcement and berated longtime Black locals. At least one former resident who had moved out of town resisted visiting her parents within city limits, just to avoid Lucas. Black men told The Post about antagonistic interactions with the officer after being mistakenly arrested for public intoxication. Residents, both white and black, shared a Facebook post in August warning of “another mean police officer” stopping “everything that moves at night.”


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Wolfe City is a city in Hunt County, Texas, United States, located at the intersection of State Highways 34 and 11. It is 17 miles (27 km) north of Greenville in north-central Hunt County, and was settled in the 1860s or 1870s, when J. Pinckney Wolfe built a mill near the banks of Oyster Creek. The population was 1,412 at the 2010 census, down from 1,566 at the 2000 census.

As of the census of 2000, 1,566 people, 615 households, and 413 families were residing in the city. The population density was 1,085.3 people per square mile (419.9/km2). The 687 housing units averaged 476.1 per square mile (184.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.40% White, 13.09% African American, 1.02% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 3.38% of the population.

Of the 615 households, 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were not families. About 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46, and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city, the population wasdistributed as 27.8% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 16.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,786, and the median income for a family was $37,692. Males had a median income of $28,462 versus $19,336 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,317. About 16.5% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.2% of those under age 18 and 19.9% of those age 65 or over.

Source – Wolfe City, Texas (Updated: 09 August 2020) Wikipedia. Available at,_Texas, (Accessed: 10 October 2020)