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Driving while black

| Monday, May 5, 2008

I was deeply disappointed in Mike Seate's article concerning police pursuits (" No easy answers in pursuit tragedy ," May 1 and

Mr. Seate rehashes the tragic 2006 deaths of a couple resulting from a fleeing felon who would not stop because of the gun and drugs he was illegally transporting. Somehow, Seate had found blame with the police through their "11 second" car chase. I think it takes at least 10 seconds before a driver even realizes the police are pulling him over (based on all the distractions) let alone a police pursuit lasting a second longer.

But the most disturbing comment was about the "city's young men" fleeing from police due to, among other excuses, "driving while black." How ridiculous!

I never read about Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Mexican, Korean or any other of the numerous minorities residing (and excelling) in our great city complaining about "aggressive policing." Maybe Seate should do a little more research into the efforts of our local police trying to rid our city of drug dealers and criminals rather than relying on the same old coverall of racism.

Francesco Rosato Jr. Brookline

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