Mass. High Court Says Black Fears Matter
Boston Review
September 28, 2016

“During police encounters, whose fear counts? The question distills a legal asymmetry central to the oppression and killing of African Americans at the hands of police. For the most part, a suspect’s concerns for his or her safety and liberty matter not at all, despite widespread police use of force, particularly against racial minorities. By contrast, the sense of threat experienced by police can exonerate them when they use excessive force against suspects, or even kill.”

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