All of the victims of police abuse in these instances happened to be white, as were the cops. Racial profiling, which is real and still not entirely uncommon, makes matters worse for minorities. But abuse of those who police consider less than adequately respectful — which at times includes citizens who offer a bit of lip rather than expected obeisance — is inflicted across racial, ethnic, and other socio-economic lines. College towns, in particular, also often suffer from town-gown tension. This long-standing state of affairs poses a broad challenge to the liberty of all people and cries out for urgent attention. In cases like the Gates arrest, we should be talking about the First Amendment right to speak truth to power, and that truth includes even just a bit of citizen editorializing.
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