Database screw-up + racial profiling + qualified immunity = …

…a bullet in the liver and no recourse.  Robbie Tolan, a black man driving to his parents’ house in a predominately white neighborhood, is profiled by the police who run his car’s license plate.  The number – entered incorrectly – comes up stolen, resulting in Robbie and his cousin being ordered to the ground when they pull into the driveway, the police shoving Robbie’s mother when she came outside, and Robbie getting shot while lying face down on the ground.

A federal district court judge in Texas yesterday granted the police officers’ motion for summary judgement (translation for Robbie Tolan: you lose), citing qualified immunity.

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