More on Police Shootings
Presumption of guilt or suspicion for walking and driving while black or brown is a verified
and common occurrence in America. There is overwhelming testimony to this and anecdotal evidence
to the fact. Pretext traffic stops have been ruled to be legal by the courts, but that does not necessarily make
them a good idea. Bullying and intimidation of drivers, and especially minority drivers and passengers does not
win any friends for the police. Fishing for drug violations on the highway under the pretext of enforcing traffic laws
certainly does violate the spirit if not the letter of the fourth amendment. Do these quasi-legal and excessive traffic stops
lead to shootings and manslaughter? In the aggregate I would say yes. This is an update to an original posting on Aug. 22, 2017.