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A number of people at my church this past Sunday approached me, thanking me for exposing what is going with the Altadena Sheriff. One lady told me of an incident where she was stopped for a simple traffic stop and ended up with a shotgun in her face.

I also received a call from another (White) woman called to ask why someone doesn't contact the ACLU about starting a class action to stop the abuse of power aimed at Altadena's Black community. Two stories appeared in the media this weekend which were very disturbing but indicates that the attack on Black communities is not just in Altadena. The Los Angeles Times reported on Friday May 28, 2009 a story of LAPD Officer Randolph Franklin. Franklin, a 25 year veteran on the LAPD received a phone call one morning at 4:00 and on the other end of the phone was a Lieutenant telling Franklin his house was surrounded by the SWAT team and he was ordered to come out.

When Franklin looked out he found that indeed the SWAT team were present with helicopters and snipers who had come to arrest him. Franklin came out with his 7 year old daughter and three year old son holding his hand. He was arrested and falsely charged with being a drug dealer and a co-hort with local gangs. Franklin sued the department. At trial allegations of criminal activity by Franklin proved to be untrue. In fact it appears that the false information that lead to the raid was intentionally communicated to get even with Franklin for exposing some alleged police misconduct in the department. The raid and arrest was to retaliate against him for essentially being a straight cop over the years.

In New York a Black police officer was shot and killed by a White officer while chasing a burglar. The events happened this past weekend and the investigation is incomplete. Black New Yorkers believe that racism has something to do with this so-called "friendly fire," incident. Time will tell. [You may read more about this incident in this weeks print issue on Page 7.]

Congressman Charles Rangel is embroiled in controversy because of a statement he made, allegedly warning President Obama to be sure he brings his ID if he comes to Harlem.

Over the past week I contacted Supervisor Antonovich's office and they seemed to be taking a look at what is going on in Altadena for the first time. Those who want to help enlighten them may call the Supervisor's office and tell their story. I suggest that you contact Mr. Tony Bell at the Los Angeles Office at (213) 974-5555. When I called the Altadena office, the clerk there said she had never heard of The Journal, and of course she had not read any of the stories I have been writing since September.

By the way, as of this writing it has been 5 days and the Altadena Office has not called me back. I'm not surprised.


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