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Redel Jones ruling comes amid week of heightened racial tensions

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Police in riot gear keep protesters out of City Hall on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. The protesters marched from police headquarters to City Hall after the Board of Police Commissioners ruled that officers acted "within policy" in the fatal shooting of Redel Kental Jones, 30, in August 2015. Frank Stoltze / KPCC

Tuesday's LA Police Commission ruling on the officers who shot Redel Jones comes at a sensitive time in the country.

The ruling follows closely on the heels of the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Each case is different, and yet, each has sent ripples through the nation's African-American communities.

To examine these individual situations in the context of what has been happening across the country, Take Two spoke with two guests:

  • Brenda Stevenson, professor of history at UCLA 
  • Cheryl Dorsey, retired LAPD sergeant and author of the book, "Black & Blue"
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