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Lessons For Ferguson In Creating A Diverse Police Department

By Batya Ungar-Sargon

Insight: James Knowles, the mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, wants to recruit more minorities to the city’s police force, where only three officers are black.1 With an initiative that includes a civilian review board and a scholarship program, Knowles hopes to increase the number of black officers and make the police force more reflective of the community (Ferguson is 60 percent black).

Police officers watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown Nov. 29, 2014, in Brentwood, Missouri. JOSHUA LOTT / GETTY IMAGES

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