Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Policing the Police?

Yesterday, a Grand Jury refused to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

This could have been predicted from past outcomes quite well.  Police Officers are rarely indicted, much less convicted, of offenses related to their handling of suspects, even when, as is not infrequent, the suspect ends up dead.  How many deaths are caused by police?  About 3% of all homicides.  Further, there is considerable evidence of racial and other biases involved regarding who ends up dead after an encounter with the police.


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