Recent events in this country have seen an escalation in gun violence both by and directed towards police. Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, MN, both black men, were shot dead by police officers under circumstances which were not only questionable at best, but were widely broadcast as a result of Facebook and cell phone video technology. In the wake of these shootings, nationwide protests included one at which an individual (not one of the protesters) shot several Dallas police officers, killing five and endangering many others.
These incidents are similar in nature to other killings in recent years dealing with African American males and police which have merited national coverage and discussion pertaining to both police procedures (as well as accountability) and gun control legislation. There are, however, some details which add significant wrinkles missing from previous discussions.
After previous renditions of police…
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