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(Texas) Kidnapping Paranoia and Racism towards The Latino Community

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Anti-Latino Propaganda increases fear among Non-Latino Americans

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Brown men from Latin America.Photo byFlorian Lisi

(El Paso, Texas) Phoebe Copas, a black woman from Kentucky shot and killed her Brown Latino Uber driver because she thought she was been kidnapped. 

“On June 16, Phoebe Copas, 48, of Tompkinsville, Kentucky, was in an Uber driven by 52-year-old Daniel Piedra Garcia.
The El Paso Police Department said a preliminary investigation found Copas was heading to El Paso’s Mission Valley, and at some point, she thought she was being taken into Mexico.” Greg Wehner for New York Post

Copas explained to the Police she panicked when she saw the sign for “Juarez, Mexico”, lost control, grabbed her gun, and shot Daniel Piedra in the head. Immediately took a picture of the victim lying on the floor and sent it to her boyfriend. 

Piedra was taken to an area hospital and kept on life support for several days. Doctors reported to the family that he was not going to recover. Daniel died days later and his family decided to take him off life support. 

Phoebe is now facing a $1.5 million bond and murder charges. 

Copas hasn't given any explanation on why she took a photo of Piedras after she shoot him.

The unspoken racism the Latino Community is constantly facing in the United Stakes is often dismissed or brushed off. Latino people are dying because of racism, because of unreal stereotypes of narcos, kidnappers, and thieves entering non-Latinos heads. 

These harmful stereotypes portrayed brown people as lazy, uneducated, aggressive, narcos, sex workers, drug dealers, and dangerous criminals that Americans should be scared of. 

Daniel Piedra was an American man, who spoke fluent English, he was just a Brown skinned Latino and got killed because of it. 

Piedra was murdered as a result of an American with a loaded gun getting scared by Latino citizen coming too close to the Mexican Border. 

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