Providence Village a ‘warzone’ after latest shooting results in blood and outrage

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Providence Village, Texas – An investigation is now underway to solve the case of a bloody shooting that erupted on the streets of a controversial north Texas town. The incident has since spurned outrage on social media as residents face an unprecedented uptick in violent crime that they believe stems from Section 8 renters flooding the streets.

On Sunday, Aubrey Police officers were dispatched to Providence Village in regards to an incident involving “2 males” of an “unknown race” involved in a shooting. While the department has issued little details, they’re now asking residents to review their home security cameras to assist in an investigation, per a statement.

“On the night shift of November 19, Officers were dispatched to an incident involving 2 males, unknown race, where multiple gun shots were heard,” read the statement. “The Aubrey Police Department Criminal Investigation Division is asking the residents in the area of Lakeview Drive, Cedar Lake Drive, and Stratford Drive to review their home surveillance camera for activity between the hours of 9pm to midnight for November 19th. If you have any footage, please contact the Aubrey Police Department or send it to [email protected].”

“Yep, just drove by the armada of Police SUV’s and crime scene tape on my way home. Apparently, someone shot someone,” read a comment left by a concerned Providence Village resident.

“Another shooting. I moved away from the Dallas area to get away from this bulls—t,” read another. “If you don’t like the truth then ban me, but holy sh-t, this hood sucks.”

A collage of statements made by concerned residents of Providence Village taken from a private discussion page on Facebook. According to the posts, the latest shooting has enraged many and prompted some to consider leaving in the face of skyrocketing Section 8-related crimes. Collage: Facebook.

While police have so far tiptoed around the subject, Providence Village residents were more than willing to shed light additional light on the shooting, with one individual sharing photos of what appeared to be blood stains on the pavement outside their house. A video taken from a residential security camera was also uploaded, purporting to show a pair of male suspects repeatedly stating, “I got shot,” as they fled the scene down a residential driveway.

“Providence Village has become a war zone over the last several years. I miss the peaceful, small town…I moved into 13 years ago,” said one commenter on Facebook. “It is disgusting what has been allowed to happen in the name of “growth.”

“Other local neighborhoods are calling us ProviHood Village,” read another.

Providence Village is protected by the Aubrey Police Department, an agency that has come under fire for misreporting crimes to run cover for the introduction of predominantly Black Section 8 tenants. Photo: aubreytx.gov.

Providence Village is a town that recently made Texan history after its housing authority attempted to expel Section 8 renters due to a staggering uptick in violent crime. Citing “housing discrimination” against Black Americans—due to their overwhelming representation in Section 8 enrollment—lawmakers, activists, and the media worked overtime to promote and pass the bipartisan Texas House Bill 1193. The notorious law has since made it illegal in Texas for HOAs to prevent Section 8 from renting in their jurisdictions, ending a long-established right to do so.

While HB 1193 has been hailed as a “rare, friendly move to low-income renters,” the legislation has been widely regarded by residents as an “anti-White” measure to enforce diversity in traditionally White places. The resulting violence, some believe, directly correlates with the presence of Section 8 tenants, and so far includes instances of interracial murder, playground arson, juvenile stabbings, and even an attempted mass shooting.

“We’ve had a massive crime wave of shootings, stabbings, assaults, a domestic violence incident on someone’s front lawn. It’s become a situation that is totally out of control,” said Providence Village resident Nicole Stockton in an exclusive interview with the Justice Report. “The violent crime in this neighborhood is out of control. It’s violent crime, after violent crime, after violent crime.”

Stockton is but one of many residents of Providence Village unable to stay silent in the wake of an increase in abhorrent incidents that have turned their once peaceful town into a veritable killing field of anti-White tension. With nothing else to lose, Stockton, a mother who has lived in town for 8 years, agreed to speak with the Justice Report and help motivate a silent majority into action.

“I’ve been here for 8 years, and in those 8 years, it wasn’t until 2019 that the crime wave really start,” said Stockton. “When I first moved here I was told that rental properties weren’t allowed at all. There was virtually no crime. Now they’re everywhere, and we have (violent crime) and sexual offenders living in the neighborhood.”

When asked if others shared her thoughts on the matter, Stockton said that many do, but feels their voices are stifled due to a fear of systemic backlash and neoliberal repression.

“I think everybody has been afraid to speak out partly for backlash. It also has to do with underhanded deals between HOA leaders, the Denton County Housing Authority, and the Aubrey Police Department’s lack of crime reporting,” she said. “It was unfair to a lot of people…They were told this neighborhood was safe and there was no crime when we moved here.”

“The violent crime in this neighborhood is out of control. It’s violent crime, after violent crime, after violent crime.”

Nicole Stockton, Providence Village Resident

“It quickly became a neighborhood nightmare, from this picturesque experience from when we moved in here…to a violent criminal neighborhood with little police protection,” she continued. “Our houses are built back to back. In a violent crime situation, it’s abhorrent. Many citizens were traumatized out of their homes and left.”

Stockton says that years ago, prior to HB1193, Providence Village enjoyed peace and quiet, but alleges that things started to change after a former HOA leader kickstarted the decline by allowing people to rent their properties sometime in 2019. When the laws were amended, voter apathy ensured only four people showed up to ratify it.

A collage of security camera footage taken of heavily armed Deadric Ameal Hadley, a suspect believed to have led Police on a foot pursuit throughout Providence Village (left). A photo (right) shows a black Chevy Malibu Hadley allegedly crashed before exiting with an assault rifle. Photos: Facebook, Justice Report.

“It was just four people, including a man named Don Fisher, who voted to first allow Section 8 renters to Providence Village. He just said ‘We have investors that want to make their home a rental property.’ So the way it was pitched to residents never included Section 8 tenants flooding in at all,” Stockton explained.

“Soon it became clear that a lot of the Section 8 renters were straight-up criminals. When that distinction happened our HOA voted to once again disallow Section 8 from the town. It worked, and it forced them to move out when their lease was up,” she said. “That’s what started a media storm over what they said was a ‘racially motivated policy’ when it wasn’t racially motivated at all because we had these laws in place before they were removed by Don.”

“There was absolutely zero proof of racial motivation behind the decision because at one point we existed without any rental properties. We just wanted to go back to that.”

Stockton believes that HB 1193 was heralded by newspapers and online media outlets as a way to help so-called “marginalized” Black communities that were now being removed from Providence Village. But when she found out they were using a woman named Ravisha Threats as their poster child, Stockton says the news was difficult to swallow.

Section 8 tenant Ravisha Threats was used as a poster child for a media campaign made to manufacture consent for HB 1193. Per Stockton, Threats has harassed and fought with neighbors and has a history of mental illness and at least two arrests since she moved in. Photo: Ravisha Threats Facebook.

“Liberal media outlets were stating things that were just not true, and the residents they interviewed were actually just former criminals they got to say they were being discriminated against,” she alleged. “The one woman who screamed the loudest about it and who became the poster child for HB 1193 has actually been arrested twice in Providence Village, Ravisha Threat.”

“(Threats) kept starting fights with neighbors in town and would scream ‘racist’ at them. There are a lot of posts that she has made on Facebook that indicate she may not be mentally stable, and I tried to tell the Record-Chronicle that, but they weren’t interested in hearing it. To think that this bill was passed on the back of someone like Ravisha who is a mentally disabled criminal is very hard to swallow for most of the community,” she continued.

Threats, a Black Section 8 recipient from Atlanta who moved into Providence Village in 2021, has been made the public face of forced diversity efforts in the run-up to HB 1193’s eventual passing. According to the Dallas and Denton housing authorities, Threats would be just one of the 157 Section 8 families living in Providence Village as of 2022. 93% of those are registered as Black. In 2023, that number has only increased.

When the bill was finally passed no thanks to bipartisan support from Republican lawmakers, residents like Stockton were dismayed, and left feeling like nobody had their backs.

Republican Senator Drew Springer was one of many Republican politicians in favor of HB 1193, a decision that many regarded as a “betrayal” of White families across the Lone Star State. In the face of mounting pressure from local activists, he has since announced he will not be running for office in 2024. Photo: Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

“Most people want Section 8 out of here,” she said. “The fact that we live in a Republican state and something like that was passed was unbelievable to me. I can’t wrap my head around how that happened.”

“If (Drew Springer) watched the videos, and saw some of the violent crime that occurred here, I think it would be a different scenario. If his house was here, and there were drive-by shootings and stabbings and sex offenders being strategically moved in, I’m sure it would look like a very different place than what he lives right now,” she continued.

With fear increasing and Section 8-related violence becoming a common occurrence, Stockton believes the best thing is for the silent majority to remain silent no longer.

“Most people want Section 8 out of here. The fact that we live in a Republican state and something like (HB 1193) was passed was unbelievable to me. I can’t wrap my head around how that happened.”

Nicole Stockton, Providence Village Resident

“I would advise anyone living here who is angry about what is going on to speak up. Tell your story. Speak up about how violence and crime have impacted you. I don’t believe anyone who moved into this neighborhood thought they’d leave with PTSD,” she said.

“In 2022 I packed up my whole house and was ready to move. But suddenly I felt compelled to stay and fight for this community. We fell in love with Providence Village when we first moved in here, we loved the communal environment, and the safe areas for children. It was great. If I left, I was going to be the last person willing to speak out about the community,” she continued.

“Providence Village is a litmus test for bills like HB 1193. We’re an experiment…We’ve been specifically targeted to see if they can get these kinds of bills passed in America and see how it works to put criminals in the same community as working, middle-class people.”

Stockton is not the only voice in opposition to forced diversity efforts taking place in Texas. Organizers for the pro-White civil rights organization, the National Justice Party, have marched not once, but twice, to raise awareness of the rise in Section 8 crime, which they believe specifically impacts the White community the hardest.

“If an HOA rule decreasing the number of Blacks is anti-Black, then a state law decreasing the number of Whites in an area is anti-White,” said NJP Organizer Ryan James during a protest staged in Providence Village back in July.

Their protest was organized in the wake of HB 1193’s passing by both Republican and Democratic politicians and drew a crowd of over 20 volunteer activists. In August, the NJP demonstrated once again, this time outside the home of Republican State Senator Drew Springer in Munster, Texas. Springer was believed to be one of the key figures who helped enable HB 1193, an act that NJP organizers like James believe to be a “betrayal.”

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