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Philando Castile

2 years after Philando Castile's death, programs aim to transform relations between police, residents

2 years after Philando Castile's death, programs aim to transform relations between police, residents

The lights from the police car flash blue and red against the white minivan. An African-American family of six sits inside the Nissan Quest in this first-ring suburb of St. Paul on a warm June evening. Mom's at the wheel, grandma's in the passenger seat, and four children, including a boy who uses a wheelchair, fill in the two rows in the back. The car tells a story of poverty: Plastic covers a broken window; rust lines the wheel wells.

Officer Erin Reski pulled the vehicle over for a burned-out taillight, a problem similar to the one that led an officer to stop Philando Castile in the Twin Cities two years ago. That incident rapidly escalated and ended with Castile fatally...

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