“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” Was a Lie
March 17th, 2015

Don’t take my word for it–that’s the conclusion Jonathan Capehart reaches in a somewhat courageous essay on the Justice Department Ferguson report. There may be a temptation to dismiss this as Menchu-ism, but I don’t think Capehart is peddling “fake, but accurate.” He’s taking the time to point out a totally under-reported aspect of the DoJ file to what will be a hostile audience on his own side in order to correct the record. That’s an honorable thing.

As I’ve said from the beginning, it should not be difficult to understand that the Ferguson case was problematic on all sides–Brown was a bad actor; Wilson was, at best, not a great cop; the locals behaved criminally by rioting; the police behaved worse in their response; and outside agitators poured gasoline on the fire–but that the criminal justice system, especially the police and their unions, are in dire need of reform.

This is not an either/or proposition.

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