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Who Wants to Be a Police Officer?

How high-profile cases involving excessive force and racial bias are affecting U.S. law enforcement recruiting efforts.
People protest against the killing of a homeless man by police in Los Angeles, California March 3, 2015.
People protest against the killing of a homeless man by police in Los Angeles, California March 3, 2015.REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Last week, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, chair of President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, frankly admitted that public furor over police-involved killings has hampered his ability to recruit black officers.

"In the current environment we're in, policing is not all that positive. Not a day goes by you don't see something negative," Ramsey told the Philadelphia City Council during a budget hearing. "That has an impact on young people."