The local police shot and killed a 19 year old mentally handicapped man yesterday. There will be two investigations. One to determine if the police acted according to the law, and the other is to determine whether the police acted within policy. Shouldn’t policy be to enforce laws while operating within them?  Or even if they are bent a little, fine.  But when murder can be viewed as according to policy then we, as citizens, must really begin to question our local law enforcement.

Let’s not even discuss the things that are acceptable within US policy (torture, extreme rendition, indefinite detentions, warrantless surveilance).  Scratch that.  Let’s do talk about it.