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Long divided: Baton Rouge race relations under new scrutiny

6 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Monday, July 11 2016 Jul 11, 2016 July 11, 2016 10:51 AM July 11, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BATON ROUGE - The shooting death of a black man at the hands of two white police officers is revealing long-simmering racial tensions in Louisiana's capital.

Jasiri Basel is a 37-year-old community activist. He says Baton Rouge is "horribly racist" and that there's a physical divide in the city.

Most of the city's black population lives in the north whereas the white population lives in the south part.

Some residents say the black population hasn't gotten the economic opportunities that the white part of the city has.

But others say that things aren't that bad.

State Rep. Ted James, a black attorney in Baton Rouge has been outspoken critic of the shooting of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, but he says the police department should be given credit overall for bridging relationships with the community.

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