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What George Floyd’s Dying Breaths Tell Our Fractured Nation

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/06/11/what-george-floyds-dying-breaths-tell-our-fractured-nation

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“We need to align ourselves with the global struggle that acknowledges that the US plays a role in racialized capitalism. Racialized capitalism is built upon patriarchy, white supremacy, and classism.”
Nikkita Oliver, Activist

Training of police in the U.S. is typically done in half the time taken in other comparable ‘developed’ countries.

See: *ttps://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/06/america-police-violence-germany-georgia-britain/612820/

Also the U.S. has 17,985 separate police agencies, which means that crossing a county boundary means that you can be dealing with a differently trained and resourced force.
(France has two.)

Also in a country where police have to assume that everyone that they are interacting with may be armed with a gun …