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Another Lesson in Race, Policing and Mistrust

The latest troubling videos -- this time, from a high school -- seem awfully familiar.

The debate over race and policing goes to school.

Photographer: CHANTAL VALERY/AFP/Getty Images

I'm sure the cop will tell a good story. When the teenaged girl half his size first defied his order to stand and then struck him as he tried to pull her to her feet, training and instinct took over. He did was he was supposed to do: immobilized her immediately, using the minimum necessary force, and so on and so forth. And of course those of us whose stomachs turned when we saw the video will be lectured on waiting for the investigation to take its course.

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