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Police departments deal with 'legacy' of race issues

By Kevin JOhnson
USA Today

The furor over the arrest of black Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates was just beginning to emerge last week when the Los Angeles Police Department quietly marked the end of a racially charged era of its own.

A federal judge released the police department last week from a near-decade-long agreement with the Justice Department that in part enforced a ban on racial profiling and revamped police training following a corruption investigation that rocked the department.

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