SLATE, 11 NOVEMBER 2016, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:
It’s rare to see a police officer on trial for killing someone in the line of duty, but for the past week and change, it’s been happening in two separate courtrooms, in two different states. Both cases center on shootings of unarmed black men that were captured on video and became national news. Regardless of how they turn out, they will become widely cited data points in the story of how the criminal justice system deals with violence in American policing. They will also be the first high-profile police shootings to be criminally adjudicated since the election of Donald Trump, whose well-documented affection for law enforcement and contempt for the Black Lives Matter movement are sure to inform his public reaction to any verdict that may come down.