It is Police Who Protect Our Civil Rights

Improving Police

Jeff Sessions, officers must serve Constitution over upbringing and culture

By David C. Couper

May 4, 2017 — USA Today

Developments in three major cases involving police shootings this week have left some folks shocked, others angry.

On Tuesday, a former South Carolina cop who fatally shot Walter Scott pleaded guilty to civil rights charges (two years after the fatal encounter). A day later, the Department of Justice announced that it will not charge the Louisiana officers who last year shot and killed Alton Sterling, an unarmed black man who was selling CDs in a parking lot. And a Texas cop was fired after fatally shooting a black 15-year-old boy; the officer has not been charged.

I was raised in an era when the killing of blacks by police was not only tolerated by the public, but also justified. Cops beat civil rights protesters and hanged blacks, some of whom had been fairly tried, others…

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