Alton Sterling was selling CDs. Sandra Bland talked back to a cop. Eric Garner was selling loosies. Walter Scott had a broken taillight.
violent crime has been falling steadily for 2 decades; the folks whose names become these hashtags were guilty of — at worst — misdemeanors
John Crawford was shopping in Walmart. Michael Brown stole cigarettes. Jonathan Ferrell was hurt + looking for help after a traffic accident
There's a point @ which we have to stop talking abt "officer-involved shootings" like #AltonSterling's in the context of "crime prevention."