Police officers charged in NY shooting

This case weird from the start.  I talked about the initial details here.  The grand jury has handed down some indictments.

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From NYT:

A grand jury voted yesterday to indict three city police detectives — two black men and a white man — in the killing of an unarmed 23-year-old black man who died in a burst of 50 police bullets outside a Queens strip club hours before he was to be wed last year, defense lawyers and police union leaders said last night. (more…)

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  1. If it was an issue of racism, why would two black officers shoot at another black guy? Not that I am saying it is unbelievable, but is the reason necessarily racism (conscious or subconscious)?

  2. Peter N, thanks for your thoughtful comment.

    Could racism be an issue? Yes, it could. I don’t know. This is a strange case. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of information in the media. The information that is out there is confusing.

    Can Black police officers have the same fears in “questionable” neighborhoods that White officers have? The answer is yes. Should they have more understanding? The answer is yes.

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