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Week Of Violence Devastates Law Enforcement And Communities Of Color

Photo of a police officer following the Dallas shooting
AP Photo/LM Otero
A Dallas police officer, who did not want to be identified, takes a moment as she guards an intersection in the early morning after a shooting in downtown Dallas, Friday, July 8, 2016.

Five law enforcement officers were killed last night in Dallas. The murders happened at a protest in response to the killing of two black men this week by law enforcement officers.

On Tuesday, police shot and killed Alton Sterling while they held him down at a convenience store in Baton Rouge, La.

On Wednesday, Philando Castile was shot and killed in his car near St. Paul, Minn. Castile's fiancé said he was reaching into his pocket for his identification when he was shot.

The shootings have revived questions about the relationships between communities of color and their police forces.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Leoneda Inge, WUNC's race and southern culture reporter, about the latest. He continues the conversation with Wayne Scott, Greensboro's chief of police, Wizdom Powell, associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Michael Harriot, regular contributor to Ebony magazine and The Root, about the aftermath of this week's shootings.

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Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Will Michaels is WUNC's General Assignment Reporter and fill-in host for "Morning Edition"
Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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