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The Making of Ferguson:
Public Policies at the Root of its Trouble

"But these explanations are too partial, and too conveniently excuse public policy from responsibility. A more powerful cause of metropolitan segregation in St. Louis and nationwide has been the explicit intents of federal, state, and local governments to create racially segregated metropolises." 

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Hundreds of Police Killings Are Uncounted in Federal Stats 

When 24-year-old Albert Jermaine Payton wielded a knife in front of the police in this city’s southeast corner, officers opened fire and killed him.

Yet according to national statistics intended to track police killings, Mr. Payton's death in August 2012 never happened. It is one of hundreds of homicides by law enforcement agencies between 2007 and 2012 that aren't included in records kept by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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