Dirt bikers no victims of racism

Social IssuesCrime, Law and JusticeBaltimore Police DepartmentFrank M. Conaway, Sr.

Really, Mr. Conaway! In his defense of dirt bike riders ("Don't penalize city kids for riding dirt bikes," April 25), Baltimore Circuit Court Clerk Frank M. Conaway Sr. places blame for this problem on the Baltimore Police Department and their vendetta against black youth. The inner city is rife with Mr. Conaway calls a "nuisance" while Baltimore drivers see it as a clear and present danger. I have slammed on my brakes numerous times and swerved into other lanes trying to avoid a collision.

Yes, young people need outlets for their energy, but that is no reason to give them "carte blanche" rights to ignore the law or race loudly down my street at 1 a.m. (which is a nuisance, too). To invoke racism is ludicrous. The only racism I see belongs to Mr. Conaway.

Dan Shannahan, Fullerton

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