Topeka police analyze department minority representation

Many in Ferguson attribute this week’s violence to a racial divide. 66% of the community is African-American, while the mayor, a majority of the city council and a strong majority of the police force is white. According to the most recent census, the overwhelming majority of Topeka’s are white with growing numbers of Hispanic and blacks moving here. And of the 300-plus officers in Topeka police department, roughly 15% are minorities, the majority of them women. So what does the department consider the proper balance?

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