Black lives cannot fully matter until we decide that blackness itself is not probable cause.
Reflecting on rising tensions in the United States, actor and activist George Clooney penned the following for The Daily Beast.
Police threaten a counterprotest in response to players taking a knee. Black officers say the police union president ignores them and the community while he plays mini-Trump.
That cop shouldn’t even have been on the force, but the bigger problem is a system that is designed to exonerate him and people like him.
Two reports by use-of-force experts have concluded that the police officer was acting reasonable when he shot the 12-year-old boy.
Community policing is expensive and, in an era of budget cuts, increasingly rare. It’s also essential to fixing the relationship between police and the communities they serve.