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    Old Sailor, irishwitch

    4th of July by James Patterson. In it, 2 detectives are chasing a Mercedes that has passengers who may be linked to a murder -- though they don't know who the passengers are. When the Mercedes crashes, the detectives see that it's two scared-looking middle-class white teens, a girl and boy. The teens are worried they'll get in trouble with their father for taking his car, and one is throwing up, so the detectives let down their guard to help them and end up getting shot -- both teens have guns.
    While this is fiction, it's probably pretty accurate in terms of police reaction to these kids.
    I couldn't help but contrast it to the way the police would react if the teens had been black -- my guess is they wouldn't let down their guard until they checked for weapons.

    While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

    by Tamar on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 11:20:39 AM PDT

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