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US Police Week and a Lifetime of Fear

Expand Demonstrators gather outside City Hall to protest the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S., March 30, 2018.  © 2018 Reuters This is Police Week. While many police “protect and serve,” that’s not the full story of policing in this country. I grew up hearing about police harassment my father suffered, a black man who grew up in segregated Williamsburg, Virginia, and turned 18 the day Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered. Once a police officer stood on my dad’s back so long that he had a cowboy boot imprint for days. I worry about my partner every day he leaves…

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