America's Budding Police State

In the U.S., if you get into an altercation with a police officer, he's within his rights to kill you.

To protect and serve...themselves?

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The shameful mockery of judicial process that just transpired in Ferguson, Missouri, is widely viewed as a matter of racial politics. Of course, in one sense, that's right: Race underlies enormous and well-documented inequities in the U.S. criminal justice system. But in another way, it's a pity, because this system now borders on the tyrannical, and ought to scare all Americans, regardless of skin color.

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