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JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE, phr. As defined in internal police investigations and by prosecutors: 1) Sixteen shots to the back of an unarmed suspect; 2) A shot to the back of the head of a handcuffed suspect. That such justifiable homicides disproportionately involve black suspects is, of course, purely coincidental.

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–from the revised and expanded edition of The American Heretic’s Dictionary, the best modern successor to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary