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Meet the Police Chief Who's Bravely Protesting Police Brutality

Richmond California Police Chief Chris Magnus held "Black Lives Matters" sign while wearing his uniform.

Steven Rosenfeld
December 13, 2014

This past Tuesday, as the mayor and top city officials in Berkeley, California, were deciding to postpone that evening's City Council meeting to avoid a confrontation with protesters over clashes with police in demonstrations over police brutality, top officials in nearby Richmond did something unexpected.

Police Chief Chris Magnus, Deputy Chief Allwyn Brown, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, and three City Council members all joined a similar protest on a major city thoroughfare to underscore that they understood the issues at stake and were listening to their community, which has one of region's most ethnically diverse populations.

They stood with protesters for four and a half hours, the length of time that Michael Brown's body lay on the pavement in Ferguson, Missouri, after the unarmed black man was shot and killed by a white officer.

"I spoke with my command staff and we agreed it would be nice to convey our commitment to peaceful protest and that black and brown lives do matter," said Magnus, whose remarks were widely quoted.

""We get the conversation about the use or force, we get it," said Brown on Tuesday. "This is an opportunity for all police departments, including ours, to look inward and examine our approaches and get better."

But in the days that followed, that looking inward has prompted surprising criticism from inside Richmond police ranks.

read more: http://www.alternet.org/activism/meet-police-chief-whos-bravely-protesting-police-brutality

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