It’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that America is now at war with itself.
In Chicago there were more than 400 people shot in August alone, with 90 dead – the highest monthly total in 20 years.
Police in the US have shot and killed 706 people so far this year, 173 of them black.
North Carolina has declared a ‘state of emergency’ and the National Guard has been called into Charlotte, the state’s biggest city, where there have been protests against police killings.
One incident this week shows the level of insanity.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, Terence Crutcher, 40, an unarmed black man, was first tasered and then shot and killed by police as he lay on the ground. On Friday 16 September his SUV stalled in the middle of a road. Crutcher put his flashing warning lights on and got out of the car and, as police cars sped up behind him, he raised his arms in the air in a gesture of surrender. Your can see a couple of videos of the event here.
In an aerial-shot video from a circling police helicopter, which shows the ground level scene as Crutcher is shot, you can hear a voice which says: “That looks like a bad dude too.”
Police officer Betty Shelby has been charged with first-degree manslaughter for shooting Crutcher. She has been put on leave – with pay.
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