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Why, yes, Sandra Bland was 'irritated'

Why, yes, Sandra Bland was 'irritated'

"You seem very irritated," said Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia to Naperville native Sandra Bland during the fateful and now famous traffic stop. Gee, ya think? Irritation is the default attitude of apprehended motorists. They're delayed. They're probably going to have to pay a fine. And in many cases, especially when they're black like Bland, they feel unfairly singled out from among many petty ordinance violators. They wonder why the police aren't out doing battle with real criminals rather than shaking down honest citizens who haven't hurt anyone. I'm not saying they always feel this way. Sometimes busted drivers feel chastened,...