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AP Exclusive: Police short on Hispanic officers

FILE - In a July 24, 2012 file photo, police stand at the entrance to city hall in Anaheim, Calif., as demonstrators gather on the steps to protest the death of Manuel Diaz, 25, who died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained during a police pursuit. The killing of an unarmed black man by an officer in a nearly all-white police department in suburban St. Louis refocused the country on the racial balance between police forces and the communities they protect. But an analysis by The Associated Press found that the racial gap between black police and the communities where they work has narrowed over the last generation, particularly in departments that were once the least diverse. A much larger disparity now divides the low number of Hispanic officers in police departments. In Waco, Texas, for example, the community is more than 30 percent Hispanic, but the police department of 231 fulltime sworn officers has only 27 Hispanics. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Stuart Palley, File) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUTWASHINGTON (AP) — The killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old by an officer in a nearly all-white police department in suburban St. Louis refocused the country on the racial balance between police forces and the communities they protect.

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