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Corrected past to remain “just” a story, replaced by “ trying to live a just life.”

by Frederick Fisher

Dear Editor in Charge:

Months ago I read an article in your paper from an ex-offender, who was maintaining his “Survival” in this world. [See June, July, and August, 2009 The Alley, “Starting Anew” and “Changing your life means hard work and no excuses.” all by James Davis] Upon reading these, I was inspired to Continue my Journey in this world. Upon my walk I have been forced to deal with harassment from cops, since they”'ve discovered my status as an ex-offender and being Native American. I moved out of the city and into the suburbs of Minnetonka, hoping for a better life and free from the troubles of the inner city; only to discover scrutiny and racial profiling from these officers.

What I am hoping for is that your paper will print this and give me some exposure, so that I can connect with people in the Community who may be able to help me with this problem.

Because I do not live within the city limits of Mpls., the Police Review Authority will not investigate my complaints and the Chief of Police disposed of my written complaints. Please believe me, I am not one to “cry wolf” and I am exhausted and very distressed. I do not know what to do. I am calling out for help from my people, the Community, and people in position, who can give voice to a genuine complaint.

I sure hope that it is not going to take for something brutal to happen to any citizen by these officers, in order for action to be taken.

It is completely wrong for anyone to be harassed because of their past and present position as an ex-offender. Sure, most of us made mistakes, we are trying to correct these wrongs and live a just life. What we don”'t need, is for people to abuse their power and re-criminalize us.

I seek your support, if you are able to contribute to the struggle and have any ideas for redress of “Racial Profiling,” etc. Please e-mail me: ironhousecreations@yahoo.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

In Solidarity,

Frederick Fisher

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