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Speaking of psychopaths, today brings news of the indictment of another racist cop who decided to punish an act of disrespect from a black person with execution.

Officer Raymond Tensing’s execution of Samuel DuBose follows the typical model.

1. There is a routine police encounter over a minor infraction. In this case, driving with one of the two required plates not installed. Other offenses punished by summary execution include selling looseys, running away from the cops on foot, and shoplifting.

2. The unarmed black person fails to show the expected submission to the officer, and either talks back (Garner, Bland) or else attempts to flee (Scott, DuBose).

3. The officer then deploys lethal force.

There is usually no step between 2 and 3.

A black man disrespecting a certain type of cop is a capital offense.

When I was in college, I remember the cops were clearing out a drunken rager one time. My white roommate said something along the lines of, don’t you have anything better to do? The cop walked up to him and gave him this psychotic look of death… but then walked away. That was scary enough, but if my roommate had been black? I had no doubt that he would have immediately taken a baton to the solar plexus, followed by a hard takedown with or without a tasing or pepper spraying, followed by his being left to rot in jail for the weekend, followed by his being charged for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and whatever else they could dream up. Or if my hypothetical black roommate had attempted to flee, he would have been just another statistic alongside Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Oscar Grant, and now Samuel DuBose.

I really don’t have much else to add that hasn’t been said a thousand times over already with each one of these executions. Just, it never seems to change, does it?

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