Investigations: How Much Force?

Ramsey W. Hall, 26, son of a North Carolina judge, was a topnotch graduate student in English at Nashville's Vanderbilt University. He was a big man, 6 ft. 2 in. and 220 Ibs., and as far as anyone knew he was gentle and re strained. One night last January he went berserk: three policemen tried to subdue him. Ever since, Nashville has been up in arms over the fact that in the subsequent fight he was killed by the police.

On his last day alive, a day pressured by exams, Hall got a speeding...

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