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The first thing to do is fire all the cops

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15.10.2019

NEW YORK – In the latest shooting of an innocent civilian by a trigger-happy police officer, a white Fort Worth cop blew away a 28-year-old black woman through her bedroom window as she played a video game with her eight-year-old nephew on Saturday. Atatiana Jefferson’s neighbor had called a non-emergency police number to request that they check on her because her doors were wide open.

“The officer did not announce that he was a police officer prior to shooting,” a spokesman said. Instead, he shouted through the window before killing Jefferson: “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!”

This atrocity followed the recent conviction of a white officer in Dallas who claimed that she had entered the wrong apartment in her building before mistakenly shooting an African-American man. Botham Jean, 26, was eating ice cream in his own, clearly not hers, home when he was killed.

Police shot and killed 689 people so far this year. Blacks are 2.5 times more likely to be shot to death by police officers than whites. Many victims were unarmed.

Is it any surprise that only half of the public has confidence in Officer Not So Friendly? Public perception is worse among minorities and young people.

It’s not a major political campaign issue but it ought to be: domestic policing in the United States needs to be reinvented from the ground up.

“From their earliest days in the [police] academy, would-be officers are told that their prime objective, the proverbial ‘first rule of law enforcement,’ is to go home at the end of every shift,” Seth Stoughton noted in the........

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