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The Colfax Louisiana shooting | “Teachable Moment?”

Obama needs to convene beer summits all over the USA.

The Colfax (Louisiana) police shooting (July 24, 2009).

The subject of the 4:54 minute video is the July 24, 2009 fatal shooting of 54-year old Natchitoches, Louisiana resident Harold Phillips by Colfax, Louisiana Police Officer Stephen Merchant.

Phillips, who’d just been released from the Natchitoches Correctional Facility, died after Merchant reportedly shot the fleeing Phillips.

Eyewitnesses claim the officer misinterpreted “horseplay” between the dead man and his sister, believing he was witnessing a domestic assault.

Merchant is white. Phillips is black.

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