Bowdoin’s Purnell on Tulsa Shooting and Police Use of Lethal Force (Common Dreams)

Brian Purnell

Brian Purnell

Was the deadly shooting of an African-American man by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, September 16, 2016, justified? Did the killing of Terence Crutcher meet the legally determined standard of “objective reasonableness,” as defined in a landmark 1989 court decision? These are questions asked by Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History Brian Purnell, writing in the progressive news website Common Dreams.

“Enough of these killings have happened to unarmed Black people that citizens can and should begin to ask more serious questions about circumstances that justify police officers using deadly force against citizens,” he writes. Read Brian Purnell in Common Dreams.

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