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"Right now this city is very much split into two camps," reports Sylvester Monroe from Los Angeles. "Whites are saying that Cochran has done a socially irresponsible thing by raising these racial issues. Blacks are overjoyed that he has played this race card and exposed the corruption and racism in the police department." Los Angeles Police Chief Willie Williams has put officers on alert and boosted courthouse security in the wake of that rhetoric, hoping to head off civil unrest.