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  •  White kids don't get murdered for shoplifting (18+ / 0-)

    Black kids do. Black men get murdered for selling cigarettes, or reaching for their wallets, for just BEING black.

    There is something in us that refuses to be regarded as less than human. We are created for freedom - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    by Onomastic on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 10:46:00 AM PDT

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    •  That's true but... (12+ / 0-)

      what I mean to say is as teenagers, we HAVE all done stupid things... and probably very dangerous things... but never got caught.

      But it didn't make us BAD kids.  And we didn't grow up being lawless individuals.

      If Michael did what he did, it still doesn't make him a BAD kid. (well, not a kid, but a young man)  

      There will be no humanity without forgiveness. There will be no forgiveness without justice. But justice will be impossible without humanity. – Yolande Mukagasana

      by kishik on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 10:50:15 AM PDT

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      •  And no way is deadly force justified. No. (4+ / 0-)
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        Unless the man pulls a gun on you, there is no way deadly force is justified. Even if you THINK he is going for a gun, or If he is going for a gun, still not enough. As a cop, you have to take cover, get in a position of relative safety and THEN you may fire to prevent more harm. It is the reason why we entrust this power to police. They must RESPOND. They may not draw first. NO.

        I am sorry, but It may be too late to avoid being shot, but that is why they are called Peace Officers. They respond to violence, they are not there to begin violence.

        We need to change the rules of engagement entirely. We have to, or we are enabling people who are police to fire first and worry about the consequences later. This is not right in a free society.

        And furthermore, we have to get guns out of the hands of people en masse. The cops are paranoid because the NRA has made it that way.

        Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

        by OregonOak on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 02:47:09 PM PDT

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