Town hopes arrests defuse racial strain

April 19, 2006|By JEFF BARKER AND ROBERT LITTLE | JEFF BARKER AND ROBERT LITTLE,SUN REPORTERS

DURHAM, N.C. -- The arrests yesterday of two Duke University men's lacrosse players in an alleged rape that has enveloped this town left residents hopeful that the developments might defuse one of the case's more volatile elements - racial strain.

Regardless of whether Reade William Seligmann and Collin Finnerty are found to be guilty or innocent, some community leaders said the images of the two young, preppy white men in handcuffs might do more to dampen the simmering racial tension than all the rallies and prayer vigils that preceded the arrests. Both men surrendered to police early yesterday and were released after posting bail.

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