From Pecan Street to Dirty Sixth – Austin’s ‘Street of Dreams’

Crown Tailors at 408 E. Sixth St. circa 1950. Left is master tailor Eli Gonzales. Right is owner Hyman Samuelson. (Courtesy Austin History Center).

Austin’s ‘Street of Dreams’: From Pecan Street to Dirty Sixth

by Michael Corcoran

“A big rat came out of one of the old buildings and scampered into an alley. A discarded newspaper fluttered against a parking meter in the early morning breeze. Keys grated in locks and doors opened and the smell of hot coffee came into The Street. East Sixth Street was open for business.”    – Dan Grover, Austin American Statesman, July 1953

Austin’s most famous street has earned the nickname “Dirty Sixth” over the past few years, with a boozy, unruly Bourbon Street-like atmosphere and a YouTube driven reputation for violence. You almost forget the history of the street whose majority of buildings, even those housing tattoo parlors, frat bars and gawdy gift shops, were erected in the late 1800s.

The mob that mills between the barricades on weekends tripled during South by Southwest and became menacing, with street brawls and cops in riot formation. “SXSW has lost Sixth Street” was my shortest tweet of the week, as I gave up trying to see a band that was just two blocks away. The few, miserable-looking badge-wearing registrants I saw moved through the roving street gangs and drunken frats like they were navigating chest-high swampwater. This was not in the brochure!

The proximity of clubs on Sixth, many of which change to live music venues for a week to catch a whiff of the windfall, was a key to the appeal of SXSW in the early years. But during this past fest, two forays into the fray reminded me of that line from Apocalypse Now: “Don’t get out of the boat.” Absolutely goddamn right. Why would I ever leave South Austin during the third week of March?

Austin’s ‘Street of Dreams’: From Pecan Street to Dirty Sixth by Michael Corcoran

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Austin Police Beat Woman During SXSW Then Lied About It, Victim Claims

Austin Police Beat Woman During SXSW Then Lied About It, Victim Claims

 

Police report contradicted by multiple witness testimony

Adan Salazar Infowars.com March 27, 2014

A San Antonio woman is claiming Austin police unnecessarily brutalized her after she got into a minor altercation with another woman during the SXSW music festival, but her story contradicts the account Austin police provided in their report.

When Margaret Woodbury and her friends saw a woman crying on the street, they stopped to see if she needed help. But the woman didn’t want help, and pushed Woodbury away; Woodbury reciprocated.

That’s when she says an Austin police officer struck her over the head with a baton, disorienting her and causing her to bleed, hear ringing and black out.

“She became really upset and pushed me and then I pushed her back, and then she fell on the floor, and from there she’s on the floor and the police officer came behind me and hit me,” Woodbury told KVUE, claiming she could feel the pain in her teeth.

“I blacked out and fell to the ground and when I came to they were pulling me up and putting me in zip ties,” Woodbury said.

Woodbury claims officers next intimidated her by threatening arrest. “I was threatened to be arrested, and I can see how that would make people less inclined to come forward about it,” she said.

A witness who snapped photos of the aftermath also told KVUE she saw an officer strike Woodbury in the forehead with a baton.

However, the Austin PD’s account of the incident differs greatly.

The police report claims, “Margaret was injured during the fight from a kick by Amri [Estrada] to Margaret’s head, causing pain,” according to KVUE.

APD then arrested the sobbing woman who had initially pushed Woodbury, and charged her with Assault with Injury, a Class A misdemeanor.

Woodbury has filed her own report with the police monitor’s office, who says they take these sorts of claims “seriously.”

KVUE went to the area where the incident played out, and reports there are at least two HALO  (High Activity Location Observation) cameras in the vicinity that might have captured the event.

“Both the woman with the head injury and the witness tell me they believe these cameras will prove their statements,” reports Heather Kovar.

If one of the parties is found to be lying, Kovar says “the police department can file criminal charges.”

 

This article was posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014  at  1:06 pm

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Sarcastic Remark Gets Student Killed During Traffic Stop

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Published on Mar 21, 2014

“A Texas college student likely died from a gunshot wound to his back after making a sarcastic remark to the campus police officer who killed him.

Autopsy results show 23-year-old Cameron Redus was shot five times at close range by Cpl. Christopher Carter, a University of Incarnate Word police officer, during an early morning Dec. 6 traffic stop near the San Antonio campus.

KENS-TV reported that the autopsy performed the following day showed Redus, a student at the private Catholic university, was shot in the back, left eye, upper chest, left elbow, and right hip.”* Ana Kasparian, Jimmy Dore (TYTComedy), Desi Doyen (Green News Report) and John Iadarola (TYT University) break it down on The Young Turks.

*Read more here from Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/21…

Sarcastic Remark Gets Student Killed During Traffic Stop

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