We Have to Start Talking to Each Other

WILLIE L. WILLIAMS prepares to assume the mantle as L.A.'s top cop

Q. What is the impact of crime on the black community?

A. The impact is devastating. The black community has a larger proportion of crime within major metropolitan areas than any other community. The majority of that crime is black offender, black victim.

The African-American community wants strong, tough, honest, fair policing. There is no African-American community in America that does not want to see police there. The people want to be treated fairly. They want to be treated honestly and with dignity. I think that even in the city of Los Angeles, with all its strife, the people say, "Hey,...

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