For People of Color Witnessing Police Homicides When the Body Cameras are Not Enough

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Susan X Jane

Ockham’s razor tells us that the simplest answer is the best answer.  Just under a year ago, there was a massive push to get cameras on cops after the Mike Brown shooting.  But this simple answer has not been enough.  What cameras have given us, instead, is a front row seat to police violence. We can watch and judge for ourselves what is happening.  We can point to the murderous truth of bad police shootings.  Still it keeps happening.

The recently released footage of the stops of Sandra Bland and Sam Dubose  are shocking only in the scope of tragedies contained in their footage. Those who already know Black lives matter are heartbroken again.  What the police video assures us is that if we step out of line, some cops will not hesitate to hurt or kill us.  That if you speak out, your rights will mean nothing.  That if you hesitate…

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