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Regrettably, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Officer Friendly piece (“Reasonable Doubts,” 3/31) was very on point, in ways that black males can easily understand. That’s one reason why I’ve done almost a 100 percent transition from four wheels to two (the kind that you peddle). The last time I got stopped—for absolutely nothing, as always—for driving while black was on Missouri Avenue heading to my Silver Spring home; the white cop who approached my car was so nervous from his own mental profiling that I thought that his gun might go off accidentally from his visibly nervous trembling. Upon departing—no citation, real or warning—he cautioned me to please slow down—which is advice that I wished I could have given him.

Silver Spring, Md.