Last week, the nation was charmed by a Gainesville, Fla., police officer who let kids be kids when he was responding to a complaint that they were making too much noise. The kids were African-American. Officer Bobby White is white.
The officer lost his short pick-up game but he promised he’d return with “backup.”
At a meeting of police officers to try to put together a squad to take on the kids, a ringer showed up.
O’Neal asked the Gainesville Police Department not to tell the media what he was doing until after the event.
(h/t: Krystyna Pease)
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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