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A Cop Stopped Choking Me When He Realized I Was White

How a traumatic encounter with a racist police officer 26 years ago still affects my life

Police with man on the ground
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Milpitas, California, was a strange place to grow up. With a population of 50,000 at the time, it was a small town by Bay Area standards. Located just north of San Jose and 45 minutes or so from San Francisco, Milpitas used…

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