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VOA Wednesday September 20, 2017
After Protests, St. Louis Mayor Says Address Racism
The legacies of racism, not only the violent protests that gripped St. Louis after a white former police officer was acquitted of murdering a black man, must be addressed, the city's mayor said on Tuesday. Mayor Lyda Krewson said she had listened and read the reaction of residents since the controversial verdict on Friday and was ready to find ways to move the city forward. 'What we are seeing and feeling is not only about this case,' Krewson told reporters. 'What we have is a legacy of policies that have disproportionately impacted people along racial and economic lines,' she added. 'This is institutional racism.' The city has been working to expedite existing plans to increase equity as well as develop new approaches, including changing how police shootings are investigated and granting subpoena powers to a police civilian oversight board, and expanding jobs programs, Krewson said...Read more