Austin Park Ranger Cassidy Stillwell was talking to a crowd of people at Commons Ford Metro Park on Lake Austin who were described as “unlawfully drinking and smoking” and telling them that they needed to disperse to a nearby grassy area when Brandon Hicks apparently took offense. Young Mr. Hicks pushed Cassidy into Lake Austin and was promptly arrested. According to CNN ‘s description of a video of the events, the assault was unprovoked.
Amid the cross talk in the video, Stillwell is heard telling the crowd on the dock to “disperse yourselves” in the grassy area nearby because they were not maintaining physical distance of six feet. Some respond with “Will do” and “I got you, man.”
The ranger’s instructions are interrupted when the man pushes him into the shallow, murky water. The ranger holds on to the man’s arm and pulls him in, the video shows. The man, clad in a swimsuit, scrambles out of the water and rushes away.
The person shooting the video admitted that the park visitors were not following social distancing guidelines and that Stillwell “was just telling us to spread apart to keep our distance and honestly was being super reasonable and understanding.” For Trump voters being super reasonable and understanding is a call to arms.
From the Annals of the Outlaws – In 1933, a Dallas County grand jury issued an indictment for murder against Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow for the killing of Tarrant County Deputy Malcom Davis. On January 6, 1933, Barrow killed Davis as he and other deputies were staking out a house used by members of Bonnie and Clyde’s criminal gang. The gang was implicated in the murder of nine law enforcement officials across Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Davis is buried in the Grapevine Cemetery in Tarrant County.
From the Annals of Faux Law Enforcement – In 2010, Our Poor Idiot Governor Rick Perry named Chuck Norris (of Walker- Texas Moron fame) and his brother Aaron as honorary members of the Texas Rangers law enforcement agency. Criminals across the state trembled at the prospect and a couple of would be felons turned themselves in. If only Red could know what the actual Texas Ranger in the background was thinking.
From the Annals of the State Police – In 1935, the Texas legislature established the Texas Department of Public Safety. As the name implies, the function of the agency was to provide for public safety meaning primarily crime prevention and investigation. The DPS was under the oversight of the three-member Public Safety Commission who were appointed by Gov. James Allred. The Commission hired the director and assistant director who were responsible for day-to-day operations. The original DPS was organized into six divisions: the Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Rangers, Bureau of Communications, Bureau of Intelligence, Bureau of Education, and Bureau of Identification and Records. The DPS is still in business today with its headquarters on N. Lamar in Austin.
From the Annals of Law Enforcement – In 1835, the Republic of Texas authorized a special law enforcement unit known as the Texas Rangers. Stephen F. Austin had hired ten experienced frontiersmen as “rangers” as early as 1823, but the 1835 legislation formalized the organization. The Rangers have a mixed history at best. They were instrumental in securing the early Republic, but at the expense of various Indian tribes who had claims to the land and not all of whom were aggressive warriors like the Comanche and Kiowa. The Rangers were also employed to restore order during various blood feuds, border disturbances, and civic upheavals. In the early twentieth century, however, certain renegade Rangers abused their positions of authority predated on Hispanics, African-Americans and other powerless groups. The force was decimated in 1933 when Gov. Ma Ferguson dismissed the entire squad in an overt act of political retaliation for the Rangers open support of her opponent Ross Sterling. When the Department of Public Safety was created in 1935, the Rangers took on a new role. Today they are recognized as an elite unit of 150 commissioned officers drawn from the ranks of DPS officers with at least 8 years of law enforcement experience. Prospective Rangers undergo rigorous selection, testing and the position requires specialized training. Their responsibilities include major incident crime investigations, unsolved crime/serial crime investigations, public corruption investigations, officer involved shooting investigations, and border security operations.
After months of rampant speculation and very little (make that almost no) evidence of what actually happened, we finally have a video shot from the outside dining area at the now-defunct Twin Peaks in Waco. While a few stalwart gang members stand relatively steadfast (one prominent Cossack member whips out his pistol attempting to provide cover for the headlong flight of his colleagues) when the shooting erupts, the vast majority of the self-proclaimed meanest, toughest bad asses around run, scramble and crawl their way to safety apparently leaving their fallen brethren behind. How embarrassing.