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Viral Video Sparks Debate on Racial Disparities in How Police Use Force

A video of a white man yelling at a white cop, without physical consequences, has more than 1 million views.

Botham Jean, Jemel Roberson and Emantic Bradford Jr. were all minding their own business, not mouthing off, and they were shot dead by police. Sandra Bland questioned an officer and wound up dead in a jail cell.

So when a video of an unidentified white man spewing expletives at an officer, throwing his license at the officer, and threatening to kill the officer, without any physical consequences, started circulating on Twitter, it went viral with more than 1 million views this week.

People of color on Twitter commented that had it been them in the video, they would've had bullets in the chest by the time the truck passed:

There are studies that well document how Blacks have been treated differently by police. In the case traffic stops, whites were 57 percent more likely to be spoken to with respectful language, whereas Black drivers were 61 percent more likely to experience an exchange that was the least respectful. Officers language with the least respect included calling people, "dude, bro, boss, man, brotha, sista or chief".

FBI data found that U.S. police kill Black people at disproportionate rates: Black people accounted for 31 percent of police killing victims in 2012, even though they made up just 13 percent of the U.S. population. And 62.7 percent of unarmed people killed by police are Black.

Yet racists, and some conservatives believe the treatment is deserved because Blacks did something wrong.

For example, in Orlando's International Airport in August, a white male Trump supporter tackled to the ground by police for being a disruptive passenger knew his privilege, when he said, "You're being rough with me. You're f***ing treating me like a Black person."

Reader Question: How does the video of the white man berating the white officer make you feel?

​Texas Board Rejects Clemency Plea for Chris Young and Solidifies Tonight's Death Sentence

Lawyers sue the board, claiming racism, as it recently pardoned a reformed white death row inmate.

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UPDATE: July 18, 2018 at 8:13 a.m. ET:

Mitesh Patel, the victim's son and Chris Young's advocate did not want the same outcome for Young's daughter—losing a father. But the state of Texas executed Young on Tuesday anyway. He was pronounced dead at 6:38 p.m. after a lethal injection.

Patel did meet Young on Monday in an emotional meeting and felt sadness for his family.

"Two wrongs don't make a right," Patel has said. "Killing Chris doesn't change my path, my history. It only affects a whole other set of people."

Young used his last moments to tell his victim's family he loves them and to keep fighting.

Young's final statement: "l want to make sure the Patel family knows I love them like they love me. Make sure the kids in the world know I'm being executed and those kids I've been mentoring keep this fight going. I'm good, Warden."

ORIGINAL STORY

The Texas Board of Pardons unanimously rejected clemency for Chris Young, the reformed death row inmate, and lawyers say it is because Young is Black. The law says the board doesn't have to give the public a reason for their decision, but they have to certify it's not because of race.

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