When I got the email for this assignment, the subject line accompanying Michelle Alexander’s chilling article was simply “The Police Lie”. The full title does nothing to diminish or undercut the effect of the content. The idea of a legal system that allows for and incentivizes dishonesty among officers… It’s the sort of thing that you expect and fear abstractly. Reading about it in the NYT sharpens the reality of those fears. Or, it did for me. My thanks to Aviva Michaelov for trusting me with such a challenging subject.