Debate over policing roils Kansas cradle of Brown v. Board
October 8, 2020
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — When police in Kansas' capital city used force the last couple of years, Black residents were on the receiving end 35% of the time, though they make up less than 11% of Topeka's population. A city auditor who reviewed more than 100 cases said the force applied was appropriate every time.
Both statistics disturb activists in the city of about 125,000 people, and the City Council is under fire after not quickly taking up dozens of proposals from the city's own advisory Human Relations Commission. Yet the council's decision to set up a special committee on policing instea...