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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Street Roots on Campbell Shooting: Nothing New

Posted by Matt Davis on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 12:26 PM

I know this is the second Street Roots post today—but the paper has an insightful editorial on the Campbell shooting this week.

The story goes: Police shoot an unarmed individual. The district attorney handpicks evidence, often without key witnesses. The grand jury declines to indict¬. The community responds with sadness, then anger. The police say they need more money to correct the problem. City Hall does damage control. The media delivers the play-by-play. The community speaks of coalition building. A series of rallies happen. City Hall and the police get sued in civil court. The city doles out hundreds of thousands of dollars to the victims family. Ultimately, nothing changes.

What makes the shooting of Aaron Cambell different? We’re not sure anything.


There's also a Q&A with Jason Renaud about police shootings that makes for interesting reading. Go, the 'Roots!

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