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The picture that exposes America's racist double standards?

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America is mourning the loss of nine people killed in a shooting at a church in South Carolina.

Hours after the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, police described it as a "hate crime".

Yesterday, a day after the massacre, suspected gunman Dylann Roof was in custody, arrested in neighbouring North Carolina.

But even the manner of his arrest says a lot about race relations in the US, particularly with regards to the police.

Roof, suspected of murdering nine people in cold blood, was escorted from a building with police barely laying a finger on him. The media were kept back and Roof was even issued with a bulletproof vest.

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Compare and contrast with this image of Eric Garner, a New York resident who died after being put in an illegal chokehold for 15 seconds. His suspected crime? Selling single cigarettes without tax stamps.

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It's of course worth nothing that the police who arrested Roof were doing so fully in accordance with the law, while those who arrested Garner were not.

Nevertheless, last December a grand jury decided to not indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, who put Garner in the chokehold.

Meanwhile, earlier this year a South Carolina police officer was charged with murder after shooting unarmed black man Walter Scott in Charleston as he ran away.

HT [Christian Christensen]2


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