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Who is Dillon Taylor: Unarmed young white man shot by black officer

While all eyes are focused on Ferguson and the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, Dillon Taylor, 20, was unarmed, leaving a convenience store in Utah, and was shot and killed by police on August 11.

The police were at the convenience store after a call concerning a man with a gun. Dillon and his cousins were leaving the store. The officers told them to stop. When Dillon absently reached to his belt to pull up his pants the officer shot him.

Critics see this as a racial double standard. Both deaths occurred within days of each other. Both young men were unarmed and killed by a police officer. However, Dillon Taylor was Caucasian, and the police officer who shot him was black.

"Critics of the disparity in coverage and outrage said that it is actually the Brown case that is the outlier: Statistics indicate that black-on-black crime is far more common than the case of a white-on-black crime. For homicide, for instance, the FBI in 2012 found that of the 2,648 black murder victims, some 2,412 were killed by fellow blacks and only 193 by whites. (Whites also were likely far more likely to be killed by fellow whites than by members of other races, according to the data.)

"Talk-show host Rush Limbaugh blamed the discrepancy between the two cases on “the liberal world view” that portrays whites as oppressors and blacks as victims.

“[I]n the current climate in the United States, a black person can never be the oppressor, and a white person can never be a victim,” said Mr. Limbaugh on his national radio show last week.

"CNN news host Jake Tapper acknowledged the disparity in coverage of the Brown and Taylor cases in the mainstream media, noting that the press often undercovers such topics as inner-city violence and the high rates of black-on-black crime. But Mr. Tapper said Monday that media “critics fail to see” that the greater context of a story such as the Michael Brown shooting, including the reaction it sparked in the St. Louis, in the black community nationwide, and with local authorities and the Obama administration."

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