Law: Accidents or Police Brutality?

In two cities, patrolmen are accused in the deaths of blacks

Ron Settles, 21, of Carson, Calif., was called Bull by his friends. He was a 200-lb. senior running back for the Cal State Long Beach 49ers, good enough to be scouted by the Dallas Cowboys. Ernest Lacy, 22, of Milwaukee, was a very different sort: a skinny unemployed man with a history of mental disorders who sang in a church choir and was sometimes scared of his family's two dogs.

But there were similarities too. Both were black. Both were involved in incidents last...

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