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As a middle-class White guy talking to a mostly similar audience, we probably shared this belief: Bad cops are only 1% of all police officers, just a few bad apples. Don’t trust criminals for an honest perspective.

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The power of belief and talk is cheap. Both are true, but it’s tough when our beliefs, especially about family and friends, are challenged by cold reality. It’s a savage bite and leaves a wound that’s hard to heal.

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(Editor’s Note: Today we are debuting a new column from a local writer, “Murt’s Minute” by John Murtari of Lyons; Murt was his nickname when he was in the Air Force. It will run every other Monday, alternating with Pete Mitchell’s “In America” columns. In discussing how he envisions his writ…