Excellent Intercept Article on Chicago Police killing and the process of narrative construction

IN THE AFTERMATH OF A POLICE KILLING, THE JUSTIFICATIONS BEGIN IMMEDIATELY After Chicago police killed Harith Augustus, the question was not: What happened? It was: How do we justify what happened? Jamie Kalven August 13 2022, 4:00 a.m. In the Aftermath of a Police Killing, Justifications Start Immediately

On the last day of his life, Harith Augustus left the barbershop where he worked on the South Side of Chicago and set out to run some errands. It was late afternoon on July 14, 2018.

What we observe here, as the officers contend with their shock and disorientation, is the birth of what will become the official narrative.


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