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The Policeman Fell

It's possible the Tamir Rice shooting was an accident.

At 7:12 to 7:15
The shooting officer disappears the instant after Tamir goes down. He can be seen picking himself up from the ground as he emerges from behind the car at the trunk.

One possibility is that he exited the vehicle with weapon in hand, pointed it at Rice, slipped and in trying to keep his balance, pulled the trigger. The way he leans on the car for support makes me think he is in a state of shock.

I'm not trying to excuse the shooting, because even if it was an accident it almost certainly could have been prevented if the overall tone of police response were not so aggressive.

BTW, there is a news feed from http://www.killedbypolice.net/ that reports on every officer involved death on a daily basis. They are building a database from news reports.
Please subscribe and spread the word about it so that understanding of the scope of this problem becomes common knowledge Too many think it is far less frequent than it is.

MIT's Jon Gruber just got fired from the Massachusetts health care board

MIT's Jon Gruber just got fired from the Massachusetts health care board
Updated by Sarah Kliff on February 25, 2015, 5:46 p.m. ET @sarahkliff sarah@vox.com

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber has been fired from his post helping to oversee Massachusetts' health insurance marketplace, the Boston CBS affiliate reported Wednesday.
Gruber previously became embroiled in a controversy over video-taped remarks that showed him saying the health law only passed because of "the stupidity of the American voters."
More recently, Vermont's state auditor has accused Gruber of overbilling the state for consulting work he did on it's (now-failed) single-payer health care plan....


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