1974 San Francisco police searches

Terror gripped the streets of San Francisco in late 1973 and early 1974. Black men affiliated with the Nation of Islam were shooting whites, at random and out in the open. In less than six months, 15 people were killed and seven were injured, including a future mayor of San Francisco.

City leaders got so desperate to stanch the bloodshed that, for a time, cops were told to stop and search every black man they met on the streets at night. Because men would likely be stopped more than once, officers handed out so-called “Zebra cards,” identification for men to show they had already been cleared.

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