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As with many police killings this year, outrage was sparked by what was caught on camera. Grainy surveillance video, which circulated widely online, showed Officer Garmback pulling the police cruiser within a few feet of Tamir and Officer Loehmann stepping out of the car and almost immediately firing his gun. Tamir died hours later.
Tamir Rice and the Value of Life by Charles M. Blow, Op Ed, New York Times
Yes, they were Black. Suppose they could have from been another racialized group. The "agitated" young man was armed with a ... baseball bat. The middle-aged woman was killed completely by accident.
The other very sad and outrageous thing is that these stories have become almost routine...
I thought this Guardian article on the Muslims who shaped "America" (yes, it refers only to the US, but it is certainly applicable in other countries in the Americas and elsewhere) belonged in this forum, because it isn't just a matter of the US presidential election campaign, but it could be moved there if babblers prefer.
Yes, this kind of article focuses on luminaries and Establishment figures, but it is probably necessary to counter this pernicious bigoted bullshit.
The young man had mental problems. His family believe he starved to death, refusing food and medication. And on the same day Jamycheal Mitchell was arrested, a police officer in the same town fatally shot an unarmed Black 18-year-old...
I don't want to jump to conclusions, but beating up a guy leaving a bank and NOT robbing him sounds like a possible hate crime...
I know where that bank is located, and it is a VERY sedate, upscale area.