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March Against Racial Profiling
The march against Racial Profiling today started in East Palo Alto. It ended with a rally of several hundred people in front of Palo Alto's City Hall.
Rally sponsor: East Palo Alto African American Leadership Summit & Coalition for Change
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Palo Alto and neighboring residents reacted to a statement by Palo Alto's Chief of Police that strongly suggested racial profiling is being used in that city.
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo said that Chief Johnson had "demonstrated a profound lack of judgment and leadership." Eshoo asked the Police Chief to rescind her comments or resign.
Palo Alto Mayor Larry Klein said the chief's remarks were "unacceptable, unconstitutional and un-American." After the chief's apology the mayor said that a lot of work would be required to heal wounds caused.
ACLU attorney Michael Risher found her apology lacking.
A representative of the South Bay NAACP said of the situation that "this is totally unacceptable and outrageous".
Religious leaders from Palo Alto and the city of East Palo Alto called for an end to racial profiling. Dr. Faye McNair-Knox, East Palo Alto activist, was interviewed on television and added her voice to that sentiment.
At the rally in front of Palo Alto City Hall, some people cried out "Impeach the Chief!"
T-shirts say: Am I a Suspect?
All along the route, there were police cars on almost every block. It was a 2.5 mile walk from East Palo Alto's town hall to Palo Alto's.
I Love East Palo Alto sweatshirt
Chester joins in for a photo