When cops kill, are murder charges enough?

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By now, millions of people have witnessed the violent end of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald’s brief, troubled life.

Through dark, grainy video, they watched him twist and writhe and crumble to the ground beneath a wave of police bullets. They watched him jerk with each shot – 16 in all – that tore into his head, neck, chest, back and every limb of his black body. Most of those bullets struck him as he lay prone on the pavement.

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Trymaine Lee was a Class of 2016 & 2017 Emerson Fellow at New America, writing a book on the true costs of gun violence in the United States, in terms of lost dreams and wasted dollars. He is a national reporter for MSNBC.