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Robert C. Koehler: Policing and the sanctity of life

This is so much bigger than personal accountability.

Yes, the four police officers present at the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis were fired the next day. The case is being investigated by the FBI. And the mayor of Minneapolis and lots of other politicians are talking about “values.”

But later that night, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into a crowd of protesters, showing us that the national divide remains deep and wide and nothing has changed. The nation is split — racially, economically, politically — into us vs. them, and only one side (which is armed to the hilt) gets to be boss.

As long as this paradigm

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