I can't say I agree with that essay 100%, but it very much is worth reading if you haven't. Really.I don't see this situation as just racism. If anyone tries to tell you racism between blacks is not a thing, they have no idea what they are talking about.
I do see this as people who felt they were not being respected enough felt they had to teach someone a lesson. Mr. Nichols died because he did not immediately comply and become 100% cooperative. When we acknowledge that not complying with cops is going to end badly, we give the cops enormous power. Simple infractions, followed by non-compliance, become capital offenses.
Couple that with "Qualified Immunity", and you can see where monsters are born.
I invite all to read this. Read all of it. You may not agree with everything. But, it SHOULD make you think of how we have set it up where stuff like this can happen.
Confessions of a Former Bastard Cop