Wednesday, April 6, 2016

"The county attorney’s timeline paints a picture of Clark as inebriated, violent, profane, irrational, unstable, morose, homicidal and, finally, suicidal, based on a 61-second encounter with police and a somewhat longer interaction with emergency medical personnel. This dog-whistle subtext activated the stereotype of the angry and violent black man who is tone-deaf to reason and must be controlled by force, even deadly force."

Steven Belton, president of the Minneapolis Urban League, writes that Mike Freeman's announcement of the decision not to prosecute two Minneapolis police officers "was peppered with gratuitous coded language designed or defaulted to dehumanize" Jamar Clark.

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