I Don’t See This As A Racial Problem
Police arrest who they’re told to arrest, using methods they are trained to use. The vast majority of cops are good guys, dedicated to protecting the public under often life-threatening circumstances. I won’t fault them for doing their jobs. I blame the lawmakers and administrators who decide that selling loose cigarettes rises to the level of crimes that require this kind of aggressive response. Race doesn’t enter into it – this happens to people of all colors and all too often.
So the natural response is “let’s add even more rules” and make the problem worse. Makes no sense to me.