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for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia

Garnet News: "'Fear of Black Men' May No Longer be a Defense"

October 9, 2018

“FEAR OF BLACK MEN” MAY NO LONGER BE A DEFENSE

Will the Laquan McDonald case prove to be a beginning?

Garnet News

Marlene L. Daut

Friday’s conviction of former police officer Jason Van Dyke for the murder of Laquan McDonald may not bode well for Amber Guyger. She is the off-duty Dallas police officer who fatally shot St. Lucian native Botham Shem Jean on September 6 in his own apartment. The conviction of Van Dyke, the first of its kind in Chicago in several decades, signals a change. Police officers typically get away with killing Black men, often citing their fear for their life as the reason. This time it didn’t work.

http://garnetnews.com/2018/10/09/fear-black-men-may-no-longer-defense/

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