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*(Via Al Jazeera America) – Minneapolis may soon see “uprisings” like the ones that ripped through Ferguson and Baltimore if local authorities don’t overhaul the way communities of color are policed in the city, an activist and lawyer from the Black Lives Matter movement told Al Jazeera on Thursday.

The warning came hours after the ACLU released a new report showing that black Minneapolis residents are nearly nine times more likely than white people in the city to be arrested for low-level crimes such as small-scale theft and reckless driving.

“I hope things don’t rise to the level of uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore. But we’re not far from that,” said Nekima Levy-Pounds, a law professor who advises the local Black Lives Matter movement and president of the Minneapolis NAACP.

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