Comment: Maybe, maybe not...

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Maybe, maybe not...

The shoes look distinctly different to me. But here are a couple of critical legal points. On any hot summer day, in a poor community where everyone shops from the same stores, where peer pressure is amplified due to street culture, the probability of people wearing extremely similar clothing is very high; and the pictures confer nothing other than the fact that an altercation took place. At this point we have only the shopkeeper's words regarding what occurred, what instigated it, and who was involved. It has also been my experience having worked overseas for periods in my life, that much of the world is very homogenous and bigoted in ways that Americans find positively 18th century. If this other individual is the typical immigrant shopkeepers that he appears to be, not only might he see all Black people as looking alike, but he might also harbor racial bigotries, and most crucially, have attitudes about shopkeeping, and what people can and cannot do in stores, that is widely divergent from the American norm. In short, as is always the case, eye witness testimony is at best unreliable and in this case may be more so.