"NYPD Officer Hopes Black Teen Only Coughing Because He Just Choked Him"

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"NYPD Officer Hopes Black Teen Only Coughing Because He Just Choked Him"

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While the pandemic remains at the forefront of news coverage, in the beginning of May, a string of high profile murders made national news. In addition to the murder of
Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery and a series of police shootings in Indianapolis that left three people dead just hours apart, reports from New York show that social distancing arrests have overwhelmingly and disproportionately impacted Black New Yorkers. This satirical article from the Onion, perhaps America's most well known satirical paper, uses dark and gratuitous satire to criticize police brutality in the time of COVID. Perhaps the most devastating line in the entire article is a quote from a fictional officer who says, "I promised my wife and kids that until this pandemic is behind us, I would just shoot black teens from a safe distance."
The Onion, Satirical Digital News

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