Later in the day, Brown said the investigation, however, has "revealed to us this was a well planned, well thought out, evil tragedy by these suspects."
- Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
- Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and
- Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.
While AG Lynch steers the convo away from "angry black nationalist(s) exact(s) retribution" to the previous whites-only theme of "PTSD-crippled loner-vet's murderous dysfunction triggered by video nasties" (maybe that counts as racial progress!) I expect President Obama is prepping a speech on a teachable, hug it out moment for cops and blacks in Dallas next week. Well, if that gives him enough political cover to hug Philandro Castile's family, it's good, I guess.
But I wonder if it'll have a significant impact on the current policing model, which is overwhelming pre-emptive and laser-focused on the confrontation and control , including incarceration when expedient, of young men, black and otherwise.
Changing that requires something of a revolution in how we prioritize positive outcomes both for young men and their communities. Since the neo-liberal movement currently ascendant in American government is averse to pinkish policies that look beyond market forces, coddling of capital, and exaltation of individualism, let alone revolution, I expect changes to policing to be largely cosmetic.
Maybe there's some public/private partnership gold to be spun out of this situation!
Incremental improvements are better than nothing, but I see current social policies as (positive term) neglecting the health of communities and (negative) doing little to stem the continued erosion of the state monopoly of violence.