A little found video on the ugly and mildly scary efficacy of detecting and projecting emotions in the context of interrogation training. I made this during the week that James Mehserle, the man who shot Oscar Grant, was being sentenced. I was struck by the ambiguity of intention in such a fatal encounter, even when seen and recorded (albeit murky cellphone footage) by many witnesses.
I avoided including any of the cellphone footage since for me the case was mainly about the inscrutability of personal intention rather than race, and much of the brouhaha about race obscured what should've been the real issue: why an officer, regardless of race, with a record of other aggressive incidents was allowed to continue make judgments about use of force.
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