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In Defense of Arizona
 by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Defenders of the law will say that police still have to stop you for something, and they still have to "suspect" that you did something.

Forgive me, but I don't find that comforting. Amadou Diallo is dead because the police "suspected" he was drawing a gun. 
Oscar Grant is dead because the police "suspected" he needed to be tased. My old friend, Prince Jones, was murdered by the police 
in front of his daughter's home because police "suspected" he was a drug-dealer. (The cop was not kicked off the force.) 
I was stopped in Chelsea because police "suspected" I was the Latino male who'd recently robbed someone. 

This comes down to police power, and how comfortable you are with its extension. George Will, in a bit of populist demagoguery, 
implies that the critics of the Arizona law are people who only know illegal immigrants as cheap labor. But I suspect Will mostly 
has the exact same relationship with illegal immigrants. Moreover, I suspect that he only knows the police as the kind of 
Officer Friendlies who only arrest "the bad people."

Someone is going to get killed. And the fact that "the vast majority of police are awesome" will not bring them back."

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