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A memorial for Thomas Blevins Jr. was set up on June 25 in the alley where he was shot and killed two days earlier by Minneapolis police. On Monday, the district attorney announced he would not be charging the officers in Blevins' death. Youssef Rddad/AP hide caption

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A memorial for John Elifritz, a carjacking suspect who was shot and killed by police, stands on a sidewalk in front of a Portland, Ore., homeless shelter on Monday. Groups and family members are raising questions about whether officers resorted to deadly force too quickly. Gillian Flaccus/AP hide caption

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Hundreds of BLM protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento on March 30 demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot eight times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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After Stephon Clark Shooting, Questions Remain About Police Use Of Force

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Hours after the funeral for Stephon Clark on March 29, dozens of Black Lives Matter protesters staged a demonstration outside of the offices of the Sacramento district attorney to demand justice for Clark who was shot and killed by Sacramento police. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Many Protests, Few Arrests In Sacramento

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Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart in Robbins, Ill., on Nov. 19, 2013. Dart says many suburban departments have a hard time just getting officers to patrol the town. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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What Happens When Suburban Police Departments Don't Have Enough Money?

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A police officer stands near the site where Officer Miosotis Familia was killed. Familia was shot to death early Wednesday, ambushed inside her command post by an ex-convict, authorities said. He was later killed after pulling a gun on police. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Police Fatalities On The Rise

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Protesters gather outside the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on June 16, 2017, after St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was cleared in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook. Steve Karnowski/AP hide caption

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Cop Shooting Death Cases Raise Question: When Is Fear Reasonable?

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Friends, family and activists gathered for a vigil Sunday outside the apartment building where Charleena Lyles was killed earlier that day. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Seattle Shooting Raises Questions About Officers' De-Escalation Efforts

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Gerry Realin (left) and his wife Jessica are working to get first responders workers' compensation benefits in Florida. Abe Aboraya/WMFE hide caption

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A Pulse Nightclub Responder Confronts A New Crisis: PTSD

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A group of people walk on Castro Street, in the downtown portion of the Silicon Valley town of Mountain View, California, August 24, 2016. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images). Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images hide caption

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Police investigate the scene of a quadruple homicide in Chicago on Dec. 17. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Martin Kaste on 'Morning Edition': Reformers In An 'Uphill Battle'

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Police watch activists gather in front of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on July 7, as they march up Fifth Avenue in response to two recent fatal shootings of black men by police. Later, after a peaceful march in Dallas, a sniper targeting police killed five officers and wounded several others before he was killed. Yana Paskova/Getty Images hide caption

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How The Perceived 'War On Cops' Plays Into Politics And Policing

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Military-Trained Police May Be Less Hasty To Shoot, But That Got This Vet Fired

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As head of the LGBT Liaison Unit, Sgt. Jessica Hawkins trains officers how to respond to crimes involving LGBT people and does community outreach. Raquel Zaldivar/NPR hide caption

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For D.C.'s LGBT Community, A Police Liaison Who Can Relate

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While more than 60 percent of Bridgeport, Conn.'s residents identify as black or Hispanic, the city's police department is majority white. So officials changed the written test and Bridgeport residents got a 15 percent bonus on their scores. Hartford Courant/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Connecticut Town Boosts Local Applicants To Diversify Its Police Force

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Trainees participate in a tactical defense class at the Dallas Police Basic Training Academy. The officer deaths in July strengthened the camaraderie among recruits training at the academy. Yvonne Muther/NPR hide caption

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The Justice Department released a report Wednesday morning that was highly critical of the Baltimore Police Department for systematically stopping, searching and arresting the city's black residents, frequently without grounds for doing so. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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People walk by a mural depicting Freddie Gray in Baltimore on June 23, at the intersection where Gray was arrested in 2015. Prosecutors in Baltimore have dropped all remaining charges against police officers related to Gray's death while in police custody. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Carolyn Swords (left) and Tina Charles (right) of the New York Liberty look on before the game against the Indiana Fever on Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. Charles says she turned her warmup shirt inside out in support of recent shooting victims. Mike Stobe/NBAE/Getty Images hide caption

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The annual Chicago Fraternal Order of Police summer picnic for city cops and their families. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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Many Cops Under Tremendous Stress After High-Profile Killings

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