- Laura Coates: Trained, law-abiding officers are deserving of that deference and respect
- But without a legal hook, there can be no meaningful check on an abuse of police power, she says
Laura Coates is a CNN legal analyst. She is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Follow her @thelauracoates. The views expressed are her own.
(CNN)On Wednesday, the nation awoke to the killing of Alton Sterling. On Thursday, the killing of Philando Castile. On Friday, the apparently retaliatory killing in Dallas of five police officers patrolling an otherwise peaceful protest decrying these, and other, police shootings. With each tragedy comes not only a growing outcry for accountability, but also a growing skepticism that the justice system can guarantee it.