As the police use of tear gas and First Amendment limitations continue in Ferguson, Missouri?the small town wracked by protests following the still murky police killing of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown?there are a number of reasons to believe this story is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are 5.
1. Because we only care about policy brutality when we're forced to care.
Though the largely peaceful protests in Ferguson have unfortunately been tarnished by the actions of a few looters, its citizens have accomplished a rare feat: They have made the whole country care about police brutality. Let's face it: Normally, we don't care enough. While libertarians have been talking about police militarization for years and the black community is well aware of racial bias in the justice system, most of us too easily forget, or are simply unaware of, the many cases of police misconduct that occur on a regular basis.