No Fire This Time

Detroit keeps calm after a black motorist is killed by police

EVEN WITHOUT A VIDEOTAPE, THE BLOOD AND THE brain matter that stained a Detroit street provided a brutal picture, evoking memories of the infamous Rodney King beating. But unlike L.A., Detroit has remained calm as local police, the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI investigate the killing of Malice Green by police on Nov. 5. Green was stopped by two white cops, who then allegedly beat him with flashlights while other cops, one black and four white, watched or participated. Police said Green had parked near a suspected crack cocaine house.

With the fires of L.A. and of Detroit's 1967 riots...

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