Shaun King: Communities of color are massively over-policed — effectively criminalizing color itself

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    This looks like a good series of articles but no really on-topic for this site. The police misconduct/brutality posting here are just inadvertent hits in our feed for arrested teachers. I'd suggest looking on the N.Y. Post site for the rest of this series if you find it interesting.

    Today is Part 10 in a five-week, 25-part series exploring solutions for police brutality in America. The problem of police brutality is actually deeply entrenched and amazingly complicated. Most of the factors that ultimately lead to fatal encounters happen long before the actual incidents ever take place. Police brutality has no quick fixes. No one single solution will solve the problem. Instead, it must be tackled from dozens of different angles, but as a part of one comprehensive plan. This series will lay out that plan with reasonable, achievable solutions that will drastically reduce police brutality in this generation.

    KING: Communities of color are massively over-policed — effectively criminalizing color itself

    On the evening of Nov. 26, 2013 Baton Rouge area police arrested a 38-year-old black man named Ervin Edwards. Edwards, who struggled with mental illness and drug use, was also partially deaf and battled the effects of obesity and high blood pressure. Police were called to a local convenience store when he and his longtime girlfriend were overheard in an argument. By the time law enforcement arrived, the argument had long since been over. Ervin Edwards, though, was sagging his pants, and police had a problem with it. In Port Allen, La. sagging pants are illegal. Edwards was arrested. A ...

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