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Bond Set for White Cop Who Allegedly Shot Daughter's Black Boyfriend

Shannon Kepler's family is standing resolutely behind him after he allegedly shot and killed Jeremey Lake, the black 19 year old who daughter Lisa Kepler met at a homeless shelter after the Kepler's kicked her out of their home. Kepler, an off-duty cop, tracked the couple down outside Lake's home and confronted his daughter. He shot and killed Lake as he was trying to introduce himself. "There was no argument," said Lisa Kepler. "I walked away and Jeremey introduced himself and my dad shot him."

Kepler's attorney seems to mix victim-blaming and unreconstructed racism in his defense of his client.

In a statement, Richard O'Carroll, said there was no basis for the charge since there was "not one credible eyewitness to this event" and claimed Kepler was trying "to protect his daughter, who preferred to live in a high crime area than live in a home with rules prohibiting her from bringing men home at night, some of whom even broke into the Kepler home."

A judge today set Kepler's bond at $825,000.

Worldview Shattering

I don't normally do this. But I'm reprinting this post in a thread from The Hive (sub req), as though it were a reader email. I don't think it requires much explanation. It speaks for itself ...

It's incredibly unfair that it worked out this way but I think the historical take of the biggest success of the Obama presidency will be this.

As a white, suburban, middle++ aged liberal, I saw the run up to his first election as proof of what I believed for a long time - we were in a post-racial world where the only thing that was holding individuals of color back was a willingness to do the hard work that the rest of us were doing to get ahead.

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Making The Minimum

Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst thinks the minimum wage ($7.25 an hour) is a "great starter wage for many high school students." The problem is that most of the people making minimum wage are not high school students.

Is That an Editing Error?

I want to be very clear on the point I'm about to make so that I'm not misunderstood. Gov. Nixon of Missouri put out a statement this evening on the situation in Ferguson. Much of it is boilerplate that wouldn't surprise or inspire you. (I'm reprinting it in its entirety at the end of this post.) The gist is that to move forward peace needs to be restored in Ferguson and there needs to be justice in the case of the precipitating event - the death of Michael Brown. (There is a separate controversy over Nixon's decision not to appoint a special prosecutor - which I think is a mistake.) But in the key line - the part two of his statement he says that "a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued."

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