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Reducing police brutality and improving trust between police departments and Black communities is urgent.

Axios Re:Cap digs in with Brookings Institution fellow and University of Maryland professor Rashawn Ray, who's spent more than a decade interviewing officers and running implicit bias trainings for police departments.

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Dec 5, 2020 - World

Paris protests against new security law turn violent

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Violence erupted in Paris on Saturday as demonstrators clashed with law enforcement officers while protesting a proposed security bill that critics say would restrict civil liberties.

The state of play: Demonstrators were seen destroying storefronts and burning cars, with police responding with tear gas, per Sky News.

By the numbers: Catholics, Biden and abortion

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President Biden — the second Catholic U.S. president — will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, as some church leaders debate whether to deny Holy Communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

By the numbers: Overall, two in three U.S. Catholics believe Biden should be allowed to take Communion despite his stance on abortion, according to polling by Pew Research Center.

Texas House probes school library books dealing with race and sexuality

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Texas state Rep. Matt Krause (R), chair of the Texas House Committee on General Investigating, announced Wednesday that he's initiating a probe into schools' library books, according to a letter sent to the state's education agency and other superintendents.

Why it matters: The probe focuses on books that discuss race, sexuality, or "make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex," Krause wrote in the letter.