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Alex Landau's Bloody Beating By Denver Cops Goes National Thanks to Echoes of Ferguson

Last Friday, the morning after communities across the country held rallies to protest police violence against African-Americans -- and, specifically, the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri -- National Public Radio's StoryCorps ran a particularly appropriate piece. It focuses on Alex Landau, an African-American who was adopted by a white couple as a child, grew up in Denver and had his own unfortunate encounter with cops when he was nineteen -- one that left him beaten and bloody.

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