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December 6th, 2011

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Lucky Seven: The Dee Brown Incident

(PG; Boston History/Drama) In 1990 a black resident and Celtics rookie got detained by police who concluded without much evidence that he had robbed a nearby bank. Read the story overview for more behind-the-scenes details.

Jill’s dialog and the detective’s comment in the last panel come directly from police records.

The Dee Brown incident was not the result of racial profiling. He lived in Wellesley Hills for months, visiting the post office every day. In contrast, racial profiling is use of an individual’s race or ethnicity by law enforcement personnel as a key factor in deciding whether to engage in enforcement (e.g. make a traffic stop or arrest).

Dee’s bad day was case of misidentification and miscommunication triggered by racism (Sharlene Harris calling the cops) and the fact that a black man did rob the South Shore Bank a week before.

What have we learned … if you’re going to be accused of bank robbery, join the Celtics?

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