Yes, we tortured.
No, no American policy-makers intentionally let Americans die in Benghazi.
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In Ferguson, you could at least argue there were contradictory witnesses.
But the video of the police killing Eric Garner in NYC is just stunning. There’s no excuse. The man was absolutely non-violent. He didn’t want to be arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes. But surely the police could have found a way to arrest him without killing him. I would think a threat to tase him — without even needing to tase him — would have caused him to put his hands behind his back. And was an arrest even necessary?
Couldn’t the police have just issued a summons (like they do when you get a speeding ticket) and let him argue his case before a judge? Killed for selling untaxed cigarettes???
“I can’t breathe,” Eric Garner said. And the video took my breath away. Watch the video. The police officer who killed Garner has to be prosecuted.
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To all those who wish to protest police violence and injustice in Ferguson and nationwide:
There are smart effective ways to protest.
And less effective ways…
I know. I’ve organized more of them than I can count and participated in many more.
An effective protest has specific goals.
And means to those ends.
The goal should not be to block traffic.
The goal should be to engender a dialogue, make clear that this issue is far bigger than Michael Brown, and to advocate for specific concrete remedies (like cameras on police officers and discipline for renegade public officials).
This elevates the debate from a “he-said/he-dead” argument into a general plea to allow unarmed black men to be able to live peacefully in our cities…and to transform law enforcement from an enemy occupying force into necessary allies and public servants.
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