Black-on-black crime as a way to explain a deep black pathology is bullshit.
In the video, after shooting him 8 times in the back, the officer clearly drops a taser by the body. It’s another instance where video evidence contradicts the word of the police.
I’d obviously enjoy some closure and discovering the “truth,” as to whether Adnan really did it or not, but Slate’s right, the “discovering” itself, the journey, is exciting and fun.
There is no systematic accountability for officer wrongdoing, our culture too often defers them the benefit of the doubt and as such, we’ve lost sight of the community policing model in favor of police militarization, all of which is built upon the fear-mongering that an officer’s job is uniquely dangerous when it’s not.
“It is not “black on black crime” that is background noise in America, but the pleas of black people.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates
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