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Today, a softer response to police violence than in 1960s and '70s

Today, a softer response to police violence than in 1960s and '70s

For those of us who were around in the late 1960s and '70s, the headlines since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August have brought a dizzying sense of deja vu: The protests, the placards. The sobbing black families, the stone-faced white police chiefs. The endless debates in the press. The popularization of a new slogan, this time “Black Lives Matter.” We've been through it all before. Only this time, the public reaction has been largely, if not entirely, devoid of retaliatory attacks. Violence today bubbles up in fits and starts, usually in the form of spontaneous riots — in Ferguson after the Brown killing, in Baltimore after Freddie Gray...

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