On Race and Policing: Videos Only a Tool

Melissa Harris-Perry discusses a recent police shooting in South Carolina that was captured via dashcam, in which a former state trooper fired his gun at a Black man for diving “head-first back into [his] car” to grab the license the officer requested. “[W]here some see an aggressive move into a car, others see yet another unarmed Black man shot by a police officer over a minor infraction,” says Harris-Perry. “That divide about what we believe we see, even when we see the same thing, is a reminder that video whether by dashcam or bodycam or by bystander phone is only a tool.” [via MSNBC]