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Charles Woolery a Hero to Blacks

July 07, 1991| EDITOR'S NOTE: The following letter refers to Charles Woolery, the lone juror who voted against acquittal of former Long Beach Police Officers Mark Dickey and Mark Ramsey, who faced charges stemming from a confrontation with activist Don Jackson after a traffic stop. A Long Beach Municipal Court judge dismissed the charges in May after a jury became deadlocked.

As far as we are concerned, Charles Woolery is a hero. That is why our association recently bestowed its first Certificate of Honor on Mr. Woolery. He is our hero because he stuck to his guns, not in spite of the evidence, but because of it. He upheld his principles courageously.

There are some who will say Mr. Woolery subverted the Dickey-Ramsey trial. Some will say he is a malcontent. Others will say we could do more with our time and energy than cast our support with such a man--and we will smile in the face of his detractors. Our answer: Are you upset because there is a black man in Long Beach who can't and will not be co-opted nor browbeaten by the majority opinion? How do you know Mr. Woolery prejudged the officer's guilt unless you have prejudged Mr. Woolery?

We stand proudly by him.

BLACK EMPLOYEES ASSN. OF LONG BEACH

GIAN FIGARO, president

LA VERNE E. PATTERSON-JOHNSON, vice president

LAWRENCE C. FORTENBERRY, secretary

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