Why Was Another Unarmed Black Teen Killed by Police Last Weekend?

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Police in Ferguson, Missouri, say 18-year-old Michael Brown pushed an officer into his police car and “assaulted” him there on Saturday afternoon. The officer shot Brown, who was unarmed, multiple times as he ran away from the vehicle. Brown’s death is only the latest in a recent string of officer-involved killings of black teenagers, and the trouble is: “in the minds of many Americans, there’s no longer any difference between a black person and a thug.” Dr. Andre Perry is founding dean of urban education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He wrote about the death of Michael Brown on the Washington Post’s website.




Warren Olney