Wednesday, 7 May 2014

"In routine encounters with law enforcement, a citizen should not have to weigh the likelihood that the officer will decide to shoot him dead"

The headline is a quotation from this piece. It is another sobering read about utterly misguided American policing.

The stories themselves are worth reading. Take, for example, this: "the young man, who, according to his parents, was suffering from schizophrenia and had failed to take his medication [...] was shot to death by a police officer whose last words before pulling the trigger were: "We don't have time for this."" You couldn't make up that "We don't have time for this".

But the context should also be remembered. These accounts are collected and published by right-wingers (note the link in the piece to the Daily Mail, for example). The article itself is written by someone who is so much a fan of America that he chosen to make his home there and take US citizenship. This is not left-wing anti-Americanism.

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