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by Marc Jampole THE AMERICAN PUBLIC is relearning many lessons from the events following the shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The three biggest takeaways from this tragedy and its aftermath are:
- We have gone way too far in militarizing our local police forces.
- There is still rampant institutional racism built into our policing and criminal justice system.
- The police and criminal justice system does itself and the people it is supposed to protect a disservice by never admitting a mistake.