Los Angeles: Mrs. Frye's Fuse

The all-white jury in Los Angeles Municipal Court leaned forward as a young deputy city attorney summed up the state's case against a Negro woman charged with impeding a lawful arrest. "If Rena Frye had not interfered with the police officer when they were trying to arrest her son Marquette," Rayford Fountain said, "all we would have today would be a hoy with a slight scar on his forehead, a boy who had experienced a slight jab to his stomach, the effects of which he probably wouldn't remember by this time anyway."

But Rena Frye, 49, did interfere when California...

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