Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Does Ferguson Show That Cops Who Kill Get Off Too Easily?

The anger following the announcement that a Missouri grand jury chose not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed young man was not just set off by that one case. The F.B.I. reported 461 homicides by police officers last year, the most in two decades. Young black men are 21 times more likely to be among that number than young white men, according to ProPublica. But even when the slain are totally innocent, officers are hardly ever charged.

Does the infrequency with which police officers are held criminally liable in shootings show they are held to too low a standard, or that they face too much criticism in such cases?

Read the discussion:  http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/11/25/does-ferguson-show-that-cops-who-kill-get-off-too-easily

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