Armed and Dangerous

Flores Alexander Forbes's recollection of the police abuse that drove him to join the San Diego Black Panther Party in 1968 is perhaps the most riveting offering in this compendium. When he was 12, police had thrown him, sans explanation, in their cruiser and taken him to be viewed by a white couple who'd apparently been robbed; police called his mother a "black bitch" when she protested. When he was 14, they'd come upon him jogging on the high school track, and seeing a running black man, had beaten and nearly arrested him. Maddened beyond endurance by these and other atrocities, Forbes joined the Party and tells here of police drive-bys, gang beatings of Panthers, and living in sandbagged Party facilities whose foundations had been dug out and bunkered.

Jill Nelson sees Police Brutality as a way to ratchet up the pressure to curb police violence.
Jill Nelson sees Police Brutality as a way to ratchet up the pressure to curb police violence.

Given the strident, frontal attack of Police Brutality on police brutality, one can only hope that it will do more than preach to the choir. Hopefully, it will convert a few along the way.

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