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Shootings, Protests and ‘Bait Trucks’ Inflame Police-Community Tensions

Police-involved shootings. Protests shutting down major roadways. A “bait truck” set up to catch would-be thieves in Englewood.

As we approach the three-year anniversary of the release of video showing the Laquan McDonald shooting, there remains a strong sense of distrust between Chicago police officers and some of the communities they serve.

How does a city repair this relationship when it’s compounded by persistent violence, racial tension and a so-called “code of silence” both on the streets and in police stations?

Joining Chicago Tonight correspondent Carol Marin to share their perspectives on the state of Chicago’s police-community relations are Glen Brooks, the Chicago Police Department’s director of public engagement; Mike Brown, a former south suburban police officer who owns a security and firearms training agency; Diane Latiker, founder of the nonprofit Kids Off the Block, which provides a safe place for at-risk youth on the South Side to learn and receive mentoring; and activist Jedidiah Brown, who’s been on the frontlines of recent protests.

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