Lib says “should require police to accept risk” to prevent deaths


In his latest article, Slate’s Jamelle Bouie takes a little while to cut to the chase – some of us do that sometimes – but he finally gets to it starting in paragraph six.

Strip away the rhetoric, and [Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy] McGinty has made a clear statement about police conduct: If police perceive a threat to their lives then they’ve de facto justified their actions regardless of context, even if it ends with taking the life of a child. That includes situations like the Rice shooting, where police chose to create a confrontation, rather than manage an encounter.

Hmm.  “Manage an encounter” when someone – even a kid – draws something that looks like a gun when you pull up in your squad car?  What, exactly, is there to “manage” about that — especially in the jumpy context of 2015, with killings of law enforcement officers on the rise?

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