Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, speaks at a news conference at the National Action Network in New York a day after settling a $5.9 million wrongful death case with the city. At far right is Garner's widow, Esaw Garner. Brendan McDermid/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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New York Will Pay Eric Garner Family $5.9 Million To Avoid Lawsuit

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A memorial for Eric Garner, seen July 22, 2014, lies near where he died in Staten Island, N.Y. Just a few days ahead of the anniversary of his death, Garner's family has reached a settlement with New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Makeshift memorials to Walter Scott sprouted up at the scene of his fatal encounter with Michael Slager, the police officer who shot him in the back as he ran away following a routine traffic stop. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Ferguson Activists Hope That Momentum Sparks A National Movement

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Russell Moore preaching during the first plenary address, "Black, And White And Red All Over: Why Racial Reconciliation Is A Gospel Issue." Alli Rader hide caption

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Southern Baptists Don't Shy Away From Talking About Their Racist Past

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., marches with other civil rights protesters during the 1963 March on Washington. AP hide caption

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Classroom Reflections On America's Race Relations

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New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton attends a press conference after witnessing police being retrained under new guidelines at the Police Academy on Dec. 4. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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NYPD Disciplinary Problems Linked To A 'Failure Of Accountability'

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New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks during an NYPD swearing-in ceremony in New York on Jan. 7. He confirmed to NPR today that there had been a work slowdown by officers in the weeks since two police officers were shot dead. He said the matter was being corrected. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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New York Police Commissioner Confirms Work Slowdown By Officers

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