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Guest opinion: Black men's encounters with police suggest need for civilian oversight of department

by LaDoris H. Cordell

The poignant stories of DeBraun Thomas, Jonathan Turner, and JT Faraji, black men featured in the Almanac's cover story by Kate Bradshaw ("Policing, race and community," Feb. 22) deeply saddened me. These young men described their encounters with Menlo Park police, oftentimes in response to calls from white residents who found the young men's presence on their streets to be suspicious.

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LaDoris H. Cordell is a retired Superior Court judge and former independent police auditor for San Jose. She resides in Palo Alto.

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Posted by Pam Jones
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Mar 13, 2017 at 3:55 pm

Pam Jones is a registered user.

Thank-you Ms. Cordell for your support. At the February 28 City County meeting a Belle Haven Menlo Park resident recommended community oversight stating "we can make a model that will make sure the police are not policing themselves."


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