Thursday, October 23, 2008

LAPD Profiles Blacks and Latinos

Chief William Bratton (podium) flanked by (l-r) U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and District Attorney Rocky Delgadillo at a recent press conference announcing federal funding for gang intervention and suppression.  (photo by Charlene Muhammad)

Los Angeles Police Department Chief William Bratton stated recently that Osama Bin Laden and his followers could be preparing an attack to disrupt or influence the Nov. 4 elections.

News pundits have jumped all over the story, believing this could be the big October surprise that would change the direction of the 2008 presidential elections, which so far places Senator Barack Obama with a slight lead.  Some reporters are speculating that Chief Bratton's opinion is part of the Republican Party's campaign strategy to boost Senator John McCain's poll standings.

Here's a fact:  the ACLU of Southern California released a study this week that shows Blacks and Latinos are stopped, searched, frisked and arrested disproportionately by the LAPD.  The report states that the evidence does not show for certain that the profiling is based on race, still, the ethnicities of the victims tell the tale.

All eyes are on Senators Obama, McCain, their wives and the governor, but beneath the surface of the mainstream news media, there's a lot at stake on statewide and local levels.  Let's keep our eyes and ears open for any news that would fade away in the shadows of the elections.

What's happening in your neighborhood?  The Final Call wants to know.

Peace, Sis Charlene

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