Nation: Poetic Cop

Beverly Hills Police Chief Joseph Kimble is no one's stereotype of a cop. "I don't buy the Black Panthers," he says, "but at the same time, I feel that if the police spent more time denouncing racism, they would be a lot more effective." It was Kimble who supervised the extraordinarily lenient security forces at Woodstock last year. He even writes verse: "In the silence of the dawn / When attention of the world is gone, / I drop my shield so tears can speak. / Pardon me for being weak."

Such behavior made Kimble numerous friends among the young in...

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