Unrest In Ferguson: Local Efforts By Police To Curb Racial Tension

August 19, 2014

After more than a week of rioting, the White House is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Mo., to oversee the federal investigation into the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, as Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol continues to call for peace.  

But in Ferguson, the relationship between law enforcement and the community is fractured, and many are pointing to the predominately white police force as a big part of the problem.

Here in Boston, there's been a push to promote more minority officers to sergeant. Larry Ellison is a detective with the Boston Police Department and president of the Minority Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers.

Brian Kyes has since 2007 been the chief of the police department in Chelsea, where more than half of the population is Latino.

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