White Cop, Black Ghetto

For nearly two years, policeman David A. Magnusson, 27, has patrolled Miami's black Overtown ghetto, where rioting broke out last winter after the shooting of a black motorcyclist by a Hispanic officer. He is a police representative on the panel that is investigating that outburst.

"I'm sure I've said my share of words that perhaps I shouldn't have said, you know, in common, everyday language. But as far as being able to say I can't work an area because this person's a certain color or that person's a certain color, I have not been that way. There's hostility sometimes, say, when...

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