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Outcry Over Police Beating

March 24, 1991

A question on the editorial pages asked, do some officers see a felon behind every black face? Absolutely! I am a black man who has been stopped and questioned seven or eight times for no good reason.

The last time occurred in the San Fernando Valley one night about 10 p.m. On the way to the freeway the police pulled me over and when I asked why, they said I answered the description of a bank robber (one of the lies they always tell).

After being taken to the police station and held for an hour, I was returned to my car. Then I asked what it was all about and the reply was, "You are a black man in a white neighborhood!"

JOHN KENNEDY

Los Angeles

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