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He pointed out, however, that the broader community has expressed to him that they want the violence to stop.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, a south Los Angeles-based community activist group said the department’s response demonstrates its progress in dealing with the African-American community, though he said there’s still a ways to go.
"If you notice last night, they didn’t wade in with stun guns and billy clubs, shooting up the joint, which might have happened 20 years ago," Hutchinson said. "I think that’s a sign they’ve learned a few things."
Los Angeles Police Commissioner John Mack, a former president of the Los Angeles Urban League, said the department has consistently reached out to community groups over the last years and slowly build a relationship of trust.
"It’s important we don’t get carried away and get so focused on the few, who in my opinion clearly were not a part of the organized group and had their own agenda," Mack said. "Quite frankly, I’m not so sure that all of them even cared about Trayvon Martin."
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