If police departments better reflected the racial makeup of the communities they served, would incidents of police violence drop? That rationale seemed intuitive, and Ferguson, Mo., offered fertile ground for testing the theory. In 2015, two in three residents in the city of 21,000 were black, but only three officers in the 53-member force were. This disparity appeared as a tangible underlying factor that may have contributed to Brown's death. Black people are involved in and are . . .
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