Race Issues
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The trouble with traffic stops

Law | Multiple studies point to racial disparities in policing across the U.S.
by Jenny Rough
Posted 7/02/20, 04:57 pm

Prosecutor Tom Kidd was working for the city of Dayton, Ohio, when he observed a troubling pattern in the cases that crossed his desk. “I noticed there were a lot of turn signal violations,” Kidd says. Police officers were issuing the minor traffic infractions in only one region of the city, a predominantly black area. No white, middle-class drivers were being pulled over for turn signal violations.

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Sharon Dierberger

More than a pharmacy

Business | Looters and arson in the Twin Cities destroyed a beloved neighborhood drugstore, but owner Jim Stage is confident God works in the restoration business
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 7/02/20, 04:43 pm

They shattered display windows and the glass front door and rushed in, swinging crowbars and golf clubs, grabbing merchandise, and throwing chairs. Many of the hundred-plus looters made a beeline behind the counter, yanking bottles and packages of prescription drugs off the shelves. They destroyed what they didn’t steal, and all evening groups of mostly young men tramped in and out, snatching and smashing. Then several of them looked up and spray-painted over the surveillance cameras, and Jim Stage’s screen went blank. 

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Ozan KOSE/AFP

Listening to the unheard

News | The news cycle is loud, but we need to hear those who can’t shout
by Michael Reneau
Posted 7/02/20, 02:43 pm

A bill that Republicans and Democrats barter for in the U.S. Capitol will always have a limited reach in local police departments: Mayors and state governments have far more influence on police procedure. But when representatives and senators in Washington, D.C., deadlocked on police reform in late June, legislators communicated one thing to the majority of Americans who want change: They’re not listening.

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