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The State of Policing: A Conversation With Cape Girardeau's Police Chief

Jul 13, 2016
Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

The shooting deaths of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota by police officers spurred national protests about police brutality and racial-profiling of African-Americans. And in Dallas a protest turned deadly when a gunman shot and killed five police officers, while leaving several civilians and officers injured. KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Cape Girardeau Police Chief Wes Blair about the state of policing.

The first two months of the year were unusually deadly in Chicago. There were nearly twice as many homicides compared with the same period in 2015, with nearly 100 people killed.

Senate Bill 804 would make it illegal to advertise the availability of a child for sex. It would also make it illegal to advertise the availability of an adult for sex without her or his consent, a provision that was not included in a similar bill last year.

Four people are dead, including the shooter, and at least 14 are injured after an employee opened fire at a manufacturing plant in Hesston, Kan., according to Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton.

The suspected shooter was killed inside the plant by the first officer at the scene, Walton said at a press conference late Thursday.

"Even though he took fire, he went inside of this place, and saved multiple, multiple lives," he said.

Updated Feb. 12 with comments from Mayor James Knowles III. -- The Department of Justice on Wednesday filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, alleging widespread constitutional violations in its police department and municipal courts.

The suit came less than 24 hours after the Ferguson City Council voted to attach conditions to a consent decree that would have eliminated the need for a lawsuit.

Ferguson's decision raised a number of questions about what comes next. We tackled a few of them here.

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