From Reason:

Why do the police get away with crimes ordinary citizens would go to jail for?

Tamir RiceThe grand jury’s decision not to charge either of the two police officers who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a Cleveland park last year is as frustrating as it was predetermined.

Of course authorities and adjudicators thought the killing was justified—they are instructed to ignore the victim’s perspective, and only consider whether inaction could have conceivably put the officers’ lives at risk, in the imaginations of the officers. That’s the legal standard, so it’s hardly a surprise it was obeyed.

But not everyone is thrilled with a standard that tilts the scales of justice so decisively in the cops’ favor nearly every single time. Libertarian-leaning Republican Rep. Justin Amash had this to say about the Tamir Rice decision on Twitter:

Policing cannot be both risk-free and effective. Officers must be patient, put own lives at risk to responsibly manage dangerous situations.

— Justin Amash (@justinamash) December 29, 2015

We are grateful to those police officers who sacrifice their own safety to effectively and responsibly protect our communities and families.

— Justin Amash (@justinamash) December 29, 2015

@poorpeeps Police should not be given more leniency when it comes to self-defense than any other person.

— Justin Amash (@justinamash) December 29, 2015

That last point is something I also raised on Twitter yesterday. In a sane world, one might expect the cops to receive less

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