Police recklessness, not racism: Fox
USA Today - 08/09/2015
On Sunday, it has been a year since Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. The incident set off a firestorm of protests and civil unrest, including violent confrontations between the police and black demonstrators in a once obscure suburb of St. Louis.
Of course, the Ferguson shooting was just the first in a disturbing string of widely publicized deaths of black citizens while being stopped by the police or in custody, giving rise to the rallying cry, “Black Lives Matter.” Meanwhile, politicians, the press and the general public wanted to know: What’s the matter with cops today?
Has the behavior of the police really changed regarding the use of lethal force, as many citizens contend? Are cops more inclined to shoot first and investigate later, especially during encounters with black citizens, as some activists claim?