- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he hopes the national focus on police killings of unarmed black men leads to “a broader and deeper understanding.”

Patrick spoke Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He said government can do more to train police, but citizens also need to “listen a lot more closely to each other.”

Patrick referred to a mostly peaceful march Saturday in Boston by hundreds of people in which 23 were arrested. He said some didn’t seem interested in working with authorities trying ahead to accommodate the protest. Patrick said beyond disruption, people need to try to bridge a “huge chasm of misunderstanding” that exists around the fears of unarmed black men and police officers.

Patrick said the country has rallied in the past around ideals of equality and freedom and “taken big steps forward.”

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