Police brutality in America a natural result of government thinking of citizens as “subjects”

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In recent weeks a number of high-profile cases involving the killing of criminal suspects by police has increasingly come under scrutiny. And while the cases were “high-profile” in part because they were over-hyped by the mainstream media, as well as professional “rabble-rousers” and agitators, there should be no doubt that, over the past two decades in particular, police tactics have increasingly become more aggressive, even to the point where many communities are questioning whether “serve and protect” — a phrase historically associated with local policing — is a quaint concept of the past.

The two most high-profile cases — those involving Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, in which he was not indicted by a grand jury for shooting unarmed resident Michael Brown, 18; and NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, in which he was not indicted by a grand jury for using an illegal chokehold on suspect Eric Garner, which led to his death — are stark in their differences, even though the outcomes were the same.

Two cases, similar outcomes, different circumstances

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