NY Times Story on Conn. Priest
Here’s a great story about a priest looking out for his parishioners:
EAST HAVEN, Conn. — Latino merchants in this New Haven suburb have been complaining for months that they get a disproportionately large share of attention from the local police. Officers, they say, have harassed them and their customers by lingering outside shops, stopping cars and demanding to see driver’s licenses.
But their complaints were largely confined to grumbling among themselves and at a local church until Feb. 19, when a white American priest was arrested.
The priest, the Rev. James Manship, who was videotaping a police visit to an Ecuadorean-owned grocery store on Main Street when he was led off in handcuffs, has become an unlikely symbol of racial profiling, charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with the police.