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Out of 50 largest US cities, only one has a police force that isn’t whiter than the population

I’ve often said that I do not understand people who chose to work in communities where they don’t want to live.

The Fifth Column

Freddie Gray being loaded into the police van Freddie Gray being loaded into the police van|attribution: Citizen Filming

DAILY KOS

Which is it?

Atlanta.

This is a problem. Day in and day out, in every major city across America, police officers are driving in from out of town, into the inner city, to police men and women they don’t know and most often don’t understand in any empathetic fashion. In a sweeping study done by the Center for Public Integrity, it was determined that regardless of whether a large city had a majority African-American or Latino population, the majority of police forces in every city but Atlanta had a far greater share of white officers than the actual population.

In another study of the 75 largest cities in America, it was found that while 50 percent of African-American and Latino police officers lived in the actual cities they serve as officers, only 35 percent of white officers…

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