Sorting out the official and unofficial lies in the Keith Lamont Scott homicide
Part I — The Gun
Keith Lamont Scott
Feb03|1973 — Sep20|2016
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American cops are voracious liars: they lie to deny their crimes and to protect themselves from prosecution; they lie to cast blame on innocent people and put those innocent people in prison; they lie merely by keeping their mouths shut when they know other cops are explicitly lying or are otherwise breaking the law, perhaps out of fear of retribution or to reciprocate for helpful lies or silence by fellow cops who comprise the “thin blue line.” While cops do not have a patent on lying, they have something even better: the endorsement of America’s top federal courts. See, for instance, Frazier v. Cupp, USSCt, Apr22|1969; US v. Magallon-Lopez, 9th Circuit, Mar31|2016. Talk about thin lines, I don’t think anyone even knows where the one between allowable cop lying and obstruction of justice falls.