Police departments promise 10% fewer killings of unarmed African-American boys next year

13 Aug

ST. LOUIS—as the backlash against the shooting of Michael Brown continued, a coalition of US police departments issued a statement announcing a “commitment to kill fewer unarmed African-American children next year.”

Said Dave McAughtry, spokesman for the Association of American Police Chiefs, “While I don’t want to say that killing unarmed boys has to stop, we think it’s probably appropriate to take it down a notch.”

McAughtry said that police departments would engage in a rigorous training program that would enable police officers to tell the difference between a deadly weapon and “other similar looking items” such as candy, beverages, or nothing, “even when held by a black person.”

At the same time, though, McAughtry said that it was important not to criticize officers who killed unarmed black youth, especially if someone only did it two or three times.

“I mean, there are moderately serious consequences for a patrolman’s career if he kills someone he shouldn’t have,” said McAughtry. “You can count on some serious ribbing from the guys down at the station, often for months on end.”

3 Responses to “Police departments promise 10% fewer killings of unarmed African-American boys next year”

  1. PiedType August 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Too close to the truth to be funny. But well done.


    • twissblog August 18, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

      I always know I’m in trouble when my mother writes me that she really liked a certain blog, because then I know that angry probably > funny.


      • PiedType August 18, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

        Uh oh, you provoked a response from your maternal unit?


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