On a February evening in 2012, in a small town in central Florida, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home with candy and a can of juice in hand and talking on the phone with a friend when a fatal encounter with a gun-wielding neighborhood watchman ended his young life. The watchman was briefly detained by the police and released. Trayvon's father - a truck driver named Tracy - tried to get answers from the police but was shut down and ignored.
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McFarland carried his wife through neck-deep water for hours until he found an Army vehicle to take them to a hospital across the Mississippi River. A doctor, dressed in cut-off jeans and slippers, told the expectant father to get ready to catch the baby, McFarland recalled.
"Houston Took Them in After Katrina. Then Harvey Hit." is from the August 29, 2017 Wonkblog section of The Washington Post. It was written by Tracy Jan and Brittney Martin and narrated by Sam Scholl.
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