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Texas ex-officer is sentenced to 15 years for killing an unarmed teen

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  1. [10]
    ReleaseIncider
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    A Texas jury sentenced a former police officer to 15 years in prison Wednesday night for the shooting death of an unarmed African-American teen in a Dallas suburb.

    A Texas jury sentenced a former police officer to 15 years in prison Wednesday night for the shooting death of an unarmed African-American teen in a Dallas suburb.

    8 votes
    1. [5]
      Churningthecentury
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      The justice system doesn't always work but it's always refreshing to see when it does.

      The justice system doesn't always work but it's always refreshing to see when it does.

      5 votes
      1. [4]
        nicholas
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        It works 99.9% of the time.

        It works 99.9% of the time.

        1 vote
        1. Diet_Coke
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          Do you have some statistics or anything to back up this assertion? I've seen you make claims along this line but I don't recall any evidence beyond the assertion itself. I think you'd have to be...

          Do you have some statistics or anything to back up this assertion? I've seen you make claims along this line but I don't recall any evidence beyond the assertion itself.

          I think you'd have to be dense or racist to seriously think it works 99% of the time.

          Edit:. Also, let's define our terms - what is "working", is it no innocents convicted? All guilty convicted? Both at the same time? Is it reducing crime rates, or punishing criminals? Is it working when the system operates equitably across racial and class lines or is it working when cases are expedited because of who the defendant is?

          7 votes
        2. PsychoPitcher
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          It works as intended 99% of the time but the intentions of those who built it are not good for society 99% of the time.

          It works as intended 99% of the time but the intentions of those who built it are not good for society 99% of the time.

          2 votes
        3. teaearlgraycold
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          What's the metric here? Almost all crimes go unpunished (maybe that's a good thing, though).

          What's the metric here? Almost all crimes go unpunished (maybe that's a good thing, though).

          1 vote
    2. [4]
      Soptik
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      OT: Is it common in America to mention race of everyone in news? It looks weird to me that they used "unarmed African-American teen".

      OT: Is it common in America to mention race of everyone in news? It looks weird to me that they used "unarmed African-American teen".

      1. [3]
        Churningthecentury
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        It's common. What it is though, in actuality, is institutionalized racism being masqueraded as being "politically correct". They (the media) constantly try to sew division between the races by...

        It's common. What it is though, in actuality, is institutionalized racism being masqueraded as being "politically correct". They (the media) constantly try to sew division between the races by pointing it out at every turn. It's messed up.

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          spit-evil-olive-tips
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          What evidence is there, if any, that the media is doing this on purpose, like you say? Is it possible that it's happening unintentionally?

          They (the media) constantly try to sew division between the races

          What evidence is there, if any, that the media is doing this on purpose, like you say? Is it possible that it's happening unintentionally?

          1. Churningthecentury
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            I don't have any direct evidence but there is enough secondary information to derive it. Race has once again become a very controversial and divisive topic. Controversial and divisive topics...

            I don't have any direct evidence but there is enough secondary information to derive it. Race has once again become a very controversial and divisive topic. Controversial and divisive topics attract attention, and all media profits from any attention.

            It's not the first and it won't be the last time that current social events are exploited for profit. Look at the motives, look at the topic, and look at the main proprietors of the topic. It isn't hard to explain.

            With that said, I agree with the fact that injustice is being addressed. I just don't trust the media, mainstream or independent, to have altrusitic motives.