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Kansas City Protests | COVID-19 Racial Disparities

Protesters chant, "Hands up, don't shoot!" after a march on Main Street in Kansas City Sunday night. They ended up face-to-face with a line of police officers near 47th and Main.
Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
Protesters chant on Sunday after a march on Main Street in Kansas City. They ended up face-to-face with a line of police officers near 47th and Main.

Segment 1: Kansas City responded to the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd with three nights of protests.

The weekend's protests against police violence towards black people had peaceful moments, but ultimately turned volatile between police officers and protesters.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:37: Black people in Kansas and Missouri are dying from COVID-19 at higher rates than white residents.

APM Research Lab looked at racial disparities among COVID-19 deaths and found the disparities in Kansas and Missouri to be some of the worst in the country. But the health inequities that are causing them have been here a lot longer than the virus.

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