-WASHINGTON POST, 12 JULY 2016, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:
The shooting death of Philando Castile in a St. Paul suburb last week started out as a police traffic stop for a broken taillight.
It’s a familiar refrain when it comes to officer-involved shootings that result in the deaths of black men and women around the country: A traffic stop – a seemingly routine interaction between police and civilians – swiftly escalates to a lethal altercation.
Of the more than 1,500 fatal shootings by police in the United States since the beginning of 2015, 11 percent started out as traffic stops, according to the Washington Post’s police shootings database. Of those people who died at traffic stops, 34 percent were black.
But what if traffic stops ceased to occur at all? <Read More>