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Videos of individual police encounters are part of a bigger picture
Videos of individual police encounters are part of a bigger picture

A spate of videos has brought what looks like police brutality into our living rooms. Logic says these incidents are aberrations; that's what makes them news. But I'm having trouble clearing my mind of those ugly scenes — and I know I'm not alone. Are these just individual cops gone rogue? Or are they the tip of a giant iceberg of on-duty misconduct? That's become the subject of private small talk and public dialogue, as we grow uncomfortably accustomed to the sight of law enforcement officers meting out street justice. This week brought criminal charges against a Los Angeles Police Department officer caught last fall on camera stomping and kicking a man...

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