MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minneapolis police officers now have the option to hand out repair vouchers rather than tickets for broken headlights or turn signals in a policy change aimed in part at addressing racial disparities in traffic stops.

The new policy comes almost a year after a community forum in which residents aired their frustrations over what they saw as years of harassment and discrimination at the hands of police.

One activist called the program a step in the right direction in addressing racial disparities.

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