If Columbus leaders want to better integrate local Somalis, one way would be to recruit more of them into law enforcement.

"It's one of those missed opportunities," said Stefanie Chambers, an associate professor of political science at Trinity College in Connecticut. She talked to local Somali leaders and residents for a book she wrote comparing life for Somalis in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, home to the largest community of Somalis in the country, to that of Columbus, with the second largest Somali population.

Chambers' book, "Somalis in the Twin Cities and Columbus," is to be published in March.

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