Racial tensions in San Leandro don’t seem to be high enough for Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli. To fuel them, today the San Leandro Police Department issued a press release about a residential robbery, specifying that the suspects were two, young, black males and the victim was a Chinese family.
There is no legitimate reason for the race of the victims to be mentioned. Indeed, a quick look through other SLPD press releases on robberies and burglaries shows that while they always mention the race of the suspect, they never mention the race of the victim. There sole exception was a press release about two robberies perpetrated last April in which the perpetrators were described as black males and the victims as Asian females.
There are many petty reasons why the SLPD maybe trying to exacerbate racial tension on the wake of the Zimmerman verdict. But it is unconscionable that they do. San Leandro residents, of all races, deserve much better.