In Ferguson, minority outrage at police mistreatment has intersected with the libertarian critique of state power in a way that has brought the concerns of both groups to a national audience.
It just boggles my mind that we do not have an accurate and reliable way to know how often the arm of the government kills us.
Given case precedence, the eyewitness testimonies of Crenshaw, Mitchell and Johnson will not be enough to convict Officer Wilson of any wrongdoing. If that’s even the right outcome.
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.
“We don’t need these antagonizers out here,” said protester Jerrell Bourrage, who earlier grabbed one of the bottle-hurling demonstrators and told him to stop.
“Libertarians have concrete policy proposals to protect against such ills. One needn’t embrace their entire philosophy to see the wisdom in them.”
84 percent of police officers report that they’ve seen colleagues use excessive force on civilians, and 61 percent admit they don’t always report “even serious criminal violations that involve abuse of authority by fellow officers.”
An unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, was killed because he was walking down the street with another friend. Jaywalking. If I'm walking down that street with a friend, am I going to be accosted? Probably not.