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Carmen Maria Alonso-Vasquez, commonly shortened to Carmen Vasquez, was born the same day R-E-S-P-E-C-T debuted, and it might as well have been written for her. The summer of race riots across the United States saw tensions beginning to flare in largely Hispanic neighborhoods, as the urban decay of inner city structures slowly ghettoized once prosperous subdivisions of all races.

Carmen grew up in a world that was getting darker, more violent, and harder to live in. Her oldest brother was killed in a liquor store robbery. Another one went to juvie for drugs, got out, and ended up in prison for breaking and entering. One sister had a baby by 16, and another one was beaten in a mugging so badly that she has to live at home still.

Carmen decided she wasn't staying in that world, and studied hard in school, presenting an application to the local police academy the summer she graduated. They turned her down, citing her brothers as reason why 'Latinos are prone to violence and bad judgment'. Carmen took their written statement to the local chapter of a Hispanic Civil Rights group... and that fall, she started at the Police Academy in the next county over.

Carmen loves her family, even the brother in jail, but she rarely goes home. She tried hard to get them to move out, tries to see that the kids being born know school and hard work are their escape, but she's fighting an uphill battle. Luckily, she's got Blake Farras, a man who began as her partner, until they decided they liked each other more than that, and she went Riot Squad in hopes of keeping young urban youths from doing stupid things as suicide by police. They've lived together a long time, but she won't bring up a child in mixed-race/mixed-religion straits, given how hateful the world is, and doesn't see a need to break what they are by marrying for any other reason, despite her still devout Catholic ways.
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