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Booker Hodges remembers his very first experience with police. He was 12, living in north Minneapolis.


“My mom had died and an officer had referred to me and my brother, my younger brother, in a derogatory term,” said Hodges, who was named the interim police chief in Prior Lake earlier this month.


He could have had hate in his heart. Instead, he chose to forgive.


“You can’t allow one act or one person to form your attitude or opinion about an entire group of people,” said Hodges.


Hodges went on to graduate from high school and then flew to Florida for college, where he found out he was reading at a fourth-grade level.


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