US shooting sparks debate on police diversity

Killing of black Ferguson teen raises questions on institutional racism, as 94 percent of the police force are white.

    The fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown has raised questions about institutional racism in US law enforcement.

    Around 60 percent of the people living in Ferguson, Missouri are African American; but a staggering 94 percent of the police force are white.

    Now questions are being asked whether a more integrated police force would improve community relations and reduce tension.

    Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi reports from New York.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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