Along with the ornaments and strands of lights, two police officers in the 4th precinct of Minneapolis’ Police Department added some unusual items to their lobby’s Christmas tree: A collection of street trash, including packs of Newport cigarettes, a crumpled bag of Takis chips, a cup from a Popeyes fried chicken outlet, a can of Steel Reserve malt liquor and some yellow crime scene tape. Critics say the items chosen play on negative stereotypes about African-Americans.

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