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History of racial tension for Fla. city and blacks
Before unarmed black teen was shot, Fla. city's blacks complained of bias in police department
By The Associated Press

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) ' The furor over the shooting of an unarmed black teen in Florida has raised charges of police bias against blacks.

The shooting last month of Trayvon Martin is the latest in a series of incidents that have inflamed tensions between blacks and the police in Sanford, Fla.

Some black residents say police can pull over youths for wearing hats with colors they associate with gangs.



They say that two years ago, police waited to arrest an officer's son whose beating of a black homeless man was on video.

In 2005, months passed before two security guards were arrested in the shooting death of a black teen.

Federal and state authorities are investigating Martin's shooting by a neighborhood watch captain. Sanford's police chief said Thursday he would step aside until passions cool.


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