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Living while Black

This is what it’s like:

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You’re not even safe in your own house in your own bed.

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  1. It is tragic. What is to be done about it,is the really hard part. Better hiring and vetting of officers, better training. There are many communities, and they are under the jurisdiction of the city in most cases, so it is not something that the federal government can oversee.

    in my first year in law school, i had a Criminal Procedure professor, who thought that the students should have the police experience, though he was almost certainly not on ‘their side.’ So each of us were to ride around in a patrol car for five hours or so. I drew the Compton beat, not where i wanted to go. i learned a few things, though this was a different era. The two officers, both friendly and male, admitted that “our M.O.'” was to pull over cars for any reasonable excuse,and then get to search them. Finding drugs or open liquor bottles is ideal for them. i had no sense that they wanted to shoot anybody, but few do. They told me that if there was shooting, I should get down on the floor in the back. Officers are under risk, and some get killed in the line of duty, which doesn’t excuse the really bad ones, of course, but it is not an easy job.

    Tragically, there are some who want to use force to subdue, such as Chauvin, who is very bad person, and likely guilty of second degree murder. Potter may be someone who had very little beat experience. How could someone not know what pocket her taser was in/? And why use the taser, anyway? It is so difficult to deal with, because we do need people to become officers. But there are some of them who obviously are angry and sadistic people, and clearly seem to employ this with Black men. Some of these places have Black police chiefs or mayors, but that does not seem to curtail any of this.

  2. Off topic: Free Rice is back to 10 grains per correct answer. 🙂


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