“I was just another black face in the streets.”

In 2009, Alex Landau was a student at Community College of Denver. After a traffic stop one night, he was severely beaten by Denver Police officers.

Alex is African American. He was adopted by a white couple and he grew up in largely white, middle-class suburbs of Denver.

Alex and his mother, Patsy Hathaway, came to StoryCorps to talk about how Alex’s race has influenced his life and what happened that night when police pulled him over.

WARNING–this story contains graphic imagery and language.

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In 2011, Alex was awarded a $795,000 settlement by the City of Denver.

Two of the officers involved have since been fired from the Denver Police for other incidents.

Recorded in Aurora, Colorado
Music Info: "The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan" by Chris Zabriskie from the album Undercover Vampire Policeman
Produced by Jud Esty-Kendall
Facilitated by Daniel Sitts
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