Palo Alto Police Told To Question Blacks

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - Palo Alto's police chief has instructed officers to question African Americans in the city following a spate of recent street robberies.

Chief Lynne Johnson spoke to residents about the crime surge Thursday at City Hall.

She says she issued the instructions because several suspects in the robberies are African American and police lack detailed descriptions.

Johnson says she does not want to create an environment of fear for "people of color." But she says authorities have to do their "due diligence" in catching the suspects.

She says people who are stopped have the right not to talk to police.

Information from: KGO-TV

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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