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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, August 25, 2014:
Ferguson, Missouri has become the latest epicenter of racial strife in this country.
Protests, demonstrations, and violence in the small St. Louis suburb have punctuated the two weeks since an unarmed African-American teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer. Witnesses are offering different accounts of what happened. Protestors want the police officer charged with a crime for killing the teen, who they believe was trying to surrender. Supporters of the police officer say he could have believed he was defending himself against a charging suspect.
A Pew Research poll last week found 80% of blacks believe the Ferguson case raises questions about race. Meanwhile, only 37% of whites think so.
Ferguson has also become a rallying point for blacks who believe they are treated differently than whites by police and the justice system as a whole. African-Americans often tell stories of being harassed, profiled, and suspected of crimes by police without cause.
On Monday's Smart Talk, we'll look closer at the relationship between minorities, specifically blacks, and the justice system.
Appearing on the program are Sandra Thompson, president of the York NAACP, Susquehanna Township Director of Public Safety Rob Martin, and Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico.
Susquehanna Township Director of Public Safety Rob Martin, Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico, and Sandra Thompson president of the York NAACP
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