“A cell phone video, pulled off of Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s Facebook page prior to it being deactivated, showed an interaction between law enforcement and Brinsley taken a little over a year ago,” thefreethoughtproject.com reports. “In the video an officer claims the dog signaled for drugs on Brinsley’s bag. But there was nothing remarkable that could be pinpointed as the dog even signaling. After the officer claimed the dog signaled, Brinsley refused to let him search his bag.” And then . . .
The as-yet-unnamed officer told Brinsley to stop filming, claiming he had no right to do so during a police investigation.
Be that as maybe, we now know that Brinsley had a long criminal record. This interaction – one of many with the police and the justice system – may not have set him off, but it may have set him up. Don’t get me wrong: there’s no excuse for murder. But there can be an explanation. Or several. Just sayin’ . . . [h/t JM]