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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.

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"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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