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Connections: NBA Journalist Shares His Story of Alleged Racial Profiling

NBA writer Chris Haynes is sharing his story of being arrested for "trespassing" near his own home. Haynes is a black man, arrested by white officers who thought he was a criminal, and then accused him of being uncooperative. Acquitted at trial, Haynes decided to keep the story quiet, and not to sue the police. But last week, Haynes watched LeBron James -- the main athlete he covers -- get criticized for not speaking out about Tamir Rice. And so now Haynes is telling his own story, and offering his regret for keeping it quiet several years ago.

We open the hour by talking to Haynes about his experience, and what he thinks it means in our country as it tries to heal racial divides.

Then we'll welcome Shawn Brown, program coordinator for Teen Empowerment, who can speak more broadly about profiling and what it means for young black men in Rochester who are trying to build successful lives.

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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.

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