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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

UALR talks about race and the police

Posted By on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

UALR held a forum yesterday — part of Chancellor Joel Anderson's long-running effort to bridge racial divides — on race and law enforcement. A campus account here of the program, which grew out of the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting.

Speakers, including City Manager Bruce Moore and Assistant Police Chief Eric Higgins, talked about the value of talking and community involvement. Inevitably, the subject arose of a white Little Rock police officer twice tried by hung juries for killing a black suspect. Also:

Anderson said it was important religious leaders help move the community forward on this issue because they are respected by their parishioners and routinely have a willing audience.

He acknowledged that although one incident sparked the crisis in Ferguson, a longstanding history of racial tension in that community and across the U.S. was the crux of the problem.

Yes. And I don't know how you broadly alter hard-wired inclinations based on pigmentation.



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