Read this story. (h/t to comments) And then consider that this is the upshot:
The District Attorney's Office reviewed the case and declined to prosecute Officer Lopez in December. Eight days later, he was reissued his weapon and returned to full duty.
Incredible. I think one point that my white readers have made is starting to get some traction with me. Race is an aggravating factor when you talk about police brutality. But there is something deeper here. Something about cops and how absolute power, and the lack of repercussions, corrupts people.
Read the story. If there were no video, you wouldn't even know about it.
One question constantly nags at me. I understand why a lot of these guys can't be tried for murder. But why the fuck aren't they fired? Where is the basic, "You know we understand it was a mistake. We understand you've been under pressure, and this is a really hard job. We just think you probably aren't cut out to walk the streets with a gun and a badge."
There's no disgrace in that. Everyone can't be a cop.