If the last few years have revealed anything about policing in this country, it’s that things are a lot more complicated and nuanced than some people previously realized. Cops get scared. They make decisions based on biases they probably don’t even realize they have. They make mistakes.
Such was the case in Houston last year when a deputy shot and killed a 35-year-old man. He was banging on cars as they passed, and when the deputy got out and told him to stop, he approached aggressively. That, unfortunately, was enough for the deputy to fire a single shot to his chest, killing him. He was fired from his job shortly after, and later indicted.
Police have a tough job. [...]