Here's our take on the police shooting an unarmed black therapist who was lying on his back with his hands in the air:
Trial and appellate courts often hold that people who the police claim consented to search had a right to refuse.
We who actually practice criminal law know that is what is known as a legal fiction. Meaning that courts will rely on that while they damn well know that people who tell the police no are frequently beaten and/or arrested on trumped up charges.
So here is our question: if a black man with a professional degree is shot in cold blood while he lay on his back with his hands in the air, how can any court really believe poor people of color can actually refuse a simple request from a law enforcement officer when this poor man begged police not to shoot him and they did anyway?
See you in court.
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