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Police Misconduct, in Ferguson and Beyond

November 24, 2014 in Economics

The violence in Ferguson is inexcusable. But it should not be seen as primarily a reaction to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson. Rather, it should be seen as a reaction to years of racially charged policing and a discriminatory justice. Argues Cato scholar Walter Olson, “Our system for dealing with police use of deadly force is broken. …A system for review of police misconduct must take care to vindicate and protect the innocent cop, but it also needs to deliver a credible promise of justice to the communities being policed.”

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