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New federal program aims to build trust between police and communities
New federal program aims to build trust between police and communities

Amid the Justice Department's criminal investigation into last month's police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced a federal initiative Thursday to study racial bias and build trust between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Holder cited growing divisions between police and residents as a topic of national importance since the protests in Ferguson, sparked by the slaying of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man who was shot by a white police officer. Holder said he hoped the program, supported by a $4.75-million grant in five pilot communities, would help defuse future confrontations. "The events in Ferguson reminded us...

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