When is destroying a police precinct a reasonable reaction?

When is destroying a police precinct a reasonable reaction?
Steven W. Thrasher (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Spoiler alert (should you need one): The answer to the question in the title is not ‘never.’]

In the early days of the pandemic, did you ever fantasize what we’d do when people could go outside again and gather together? …

People are going out again, all over the United States. But it’s not to celebrate a vaccine or a debt jubilee. The first national connecting event coming out of lockdown is mass protest against police violence after the lynching of George Floyd, and the state’s attempt at suppressing it. The coronavirus—which disproportionately is killing Black Americans — drove us inside. Policing — which also disproportionately is killing Black Americans—is drawing us back out. Almost overnight, the streets have gone from largely empty — though the rate of police killings remained mostly unchanged — to filled with thousands of masked people, often being gassed or beaten. The conditions before, during and after the lockdown are part of a continuum in America — a miserable nation maintained by policing.

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