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TPM Reader: My Cousin Was Shot Dead by Police in New Mexico

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I wanted to add a potentially unusual perspective on your questions about the movement sparked by the police murders: I'm a white millennial (28 years old) whose first cousin, a 16-year-old Hispanic male (adopted by my aunts in New Mexico shortly after birth) was shot dead by a policeman early this summer in then-mysterious circumstances. (Some Googling will get you to the story quickly enough; for your sake, here's an article.) Let me tell you, the questions NEVER go away, even in this case, where we have a pretty clear sense of what happened and it's intellectually easy to understand why it happened. I'm confident that everyone in my extended family is somewhere on a spectrum from "isn't there some other way the officers could have handled it?" to "this is absolutely murder in cold blood." And I think we all to a certain extent ask: isn't there a reasonable case that a jury should decide the answers in public?

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