(via Black Marine veteran, 68, shot dead by police after wearable medical alert gadget went off in error - Boing Boing)
Maybe being out of the country is warping my perspective. I’ve asked around work and told this story and people actually laugh, the way you laugh when you think someone is fucking with you. Then they stare. Then they ask if I am fucking with them. Then they stare. Everyone seems to agree that while terrible things happen here, being called a nigger, being tased, and then fatally shot is not very likely. I guess that first part is unlikely if you’re not black.
I’m not slamming America, but I have noticed a considerable difference here in France. The LAPD has drawn a weapon on me 2 times during traffic stops. A cop here approached me once while I was drinking a beer and eating a sandwich by the river( in Paris) and asked me where I bought my sandwich.
Completely anecdotal, nowhere is perfect but people here seem to be not so frightened by the police. I work in a shitty area of Paris(yes they exist) and I have seen people of all colors yell at cops openly and loudly for various reasons. I can’t imagine doing that in the US.