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A former Louisiana State Police trooper has been charged with a civil rights violation for pummeling a Black motorist 18 times with a flashlight — the first criminal case to emerge from federal investigations into troopers' beatings of at least three Black men.

When law enforcement is used to raise revenue for the state (and the purpose of such quotas is surely that), the State Police forfeit any claim to be acting strictly on behalf of public safety. Such “taxation by citation,” as the Institute for Justice calls it, inevitably leads to more anger and frustration on the part of the public and less trust in the police.

The harrowing details are all too familiar. On July 15 at 3:30 p.m., a driver going 85 mph on Interstate 95 near the Chippenham Parkway refused to stop for a Virginia State Police trooper. The car hit two others, ran off the road at Maury Street in South Richmond and fell 25 feet. The driver, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the car and killed, The Times-Dispatch reported.

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