Look at the facts in the Rayshard Brooks case. The George Floyd killing was different.

Michael J. Stern, Opinion columnist
Published 3:15 a.m. ET June 18, 2020 | Updated 9:48 a.m. ET June 18, 2020


The footage reveals key decisions by the Atlanta police officers involved, and important context that may be presented in potential criminal or civil trials.


There is no shortage of police misconduct due to racism. But claiming it where it may not exist weakens the righteous cause of stamping it out.

It has been three weeks, and I still can’t clear the image of a blue knee squeezing the breath out of George Floyd. 


I wish I could put what happened to Floyd in a box labeled “isolated incident.” But that’s not possible because Floyd’s death is a dot in an unbroken line of similar incidents.

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