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A sprawling, decades-old and racially diverse community in northeast Richland County was thrust into the national spotlight last week. A video showing what police allege is a White Army sergeant berating and shoving a smaller Black man on a sidewalk outside his home in The Summit inflamed people already restless about still-existing barriers to national unity and equality.

Richland County officials are finalizing a plan they hope can more clearly define the Sandhills area, enhancing a community that includes multiple housing subdivisions, an industrial park and associated businesses and help connecting its residents and travelers to the shopping mecca of Village at Sandhill and the sprawling Clemson agricultural research property.

University of South Carolina criminal justice professor Geoff Alpert, a consultant who worked with the family of George Floyd in their civil suit, says the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin highlights just how more work needs to be done when it comes to use of force training among law enforcement.

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