Miami Girds For Trial of Officer in Interracial Slaying
MIAMI (AP) _ A community relations board has proposed a pop concert and a ″unity summit″ to help keep racial peace when a policeman goes on trial Oct. 23 in the slaying of a black motorcyclist.
The Dade County Community Relations Board also is training crisis teams to be sent to areas where rock-throwing or other violence erupts to try to calm people down.
″If anything happens, it won’t be a pretty picture,″ board coordinator Willie Sims said Wednesday during a training session. ″We just want to be ready.″
Officer William Lozano is charged with manslaughter in the shooting of Clement Anthony Lloyd. The slaying touched off three days of race riots that left one dead, 11 people wounded by gunfire and 13 structures burned down.
Lozano, who is Hispanic, said he fired because the motorcycle was heading straight for him. Residents of the black neighborhood said the shooting was unwarranted.
The board, 30 volunteers and 11 county staffers who have worked for years to foster understanding among ethnic groups, proposed a Nov. 10 concert at the Miami Arena to bring together 12,000 whites, blacks and Hispanics.
CRB director Ari Sosa, who made the proposals, also suggested a ″unity summit″ in late October or early November of black, Hispanic, white and Jewish organizations.