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Cleveland NAACP Leader Reprimanded

August 27, 1999

CLEVELAND (AP) _ The head of the NAACP has reprimanded this city’s chapter president for sending a profane letter to the mayor about security for a Ku Klux Klan rally.

``You embarrassed the NAACP and posed potential harm to the reputation of our association,″ Kweisi Mfume, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said in a letter to George Forbes earlier this month. ``This cannot be tolerated.″

Forbes, a former city council president, accused Mayor Michael R. White of coddling the KKK members when he made security plans for an Aug. 21 Klan rally. In the letter, Forbes made an obscene suggestion to White, who released the letter publicly.

During the rally, Klan members exchanged insults with counter-demonstrators, but no arrests were made.

Cleveland NAACP board member Gregory Clifford said Mfume’s reprimand carried ``no legal consequences″ for Forbes or the chapter.

A message left at Forbes’ law office went answered. The Plain Dealer newspaper said he was on vacation.

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