Killed By A White Neighbor: He'd Sought Out Protection

Tyrique Hudson
William Anderson
June 11, 2020

Tyrique Hudson was in danger. He needed protection, because his neighbor had threatened his life! 

When he went to the courts, as many would, the judge didn’t take his request seriously enough. Now everything has gone terribly wrong.

Tyrique was a young Black man who graduated early from North Carolina A&T State University. He was excelling at his job, had a promising future, and just wanted to live in peace.

But after a frightening encounter with the neighbor, during which his life was threatened, he went to court to request protection - but was denied.

Two months later, that neighbor shot Tyrique to death. He confessed to the crime, and is now in custody.

The question is: why didn’t the judge grant him the protection he so clearly needed?

District Court Judge Devy Patterson Russell - who was in trouble for her own behavior already - denied his request. Now thousands of people have demanded the judge’s removal, and his family wants justice.

Tyrique, like many Black people, tried to do the right thing by going through the system. But  the system left him all alone with no protection. 

His family deserves better and the judge needs to be held accountable. His death shows why so many of us are forced to defend ourselves - because the system won’t defend us.

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