Why Are We Killing Citizens Over Misdemeanors?

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hat do Eric Garner, George Floyd & Rayshard Brooks have in common?

Sure, all of them were black, and killed by police.

But every one of their interactions with police started with the investigation of a misdemeanor crime. Eric Garner was selling cigarettes. Michael Brown had stolen a pack of smokes from a convenience store. George Floyd had passed a $20…