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A line of policeman take aim. (Bettmann/Bettmann Archive)
A line of policeman take aim. (Bettmann/Bettmann Archive)

Black Americans being victimized and killed by the police is an epidemic. As the trial of Derek Chauvin plays out, it's a truth and a trauma many people in the US and around the world are again witnessing first hand. But this tension between African American communities and the police has existed for centuries. This week, the origins of policing in the United States and how those origins put violent control of Black Americans at the heart of the system.


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A line of policeman take aim. (Bettmann/Bettmann Archive)
An African American family leaving Florida during the Great Migration. (MPI/Getty Images)
National Guardsmen questioning an African American man in Chicago, during the summer race riots of 1919. (Jun Fujita/Chicago History Museum/Getty Images)

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