That young man captured the essence of what the streets across the country are like nowadays, at least for young black men; police officers are no longer seen as security for the neighborhoods but rather as a threat to those young men’s lives. This is not an exaggeration! In Utah (a State in the West of the country) for instance, The Salt Lake Tribune is out with some stunning facts about police shootings. In the last five years, more people have been killed by police than homicides from gang violence, drug deals and child abuse combined. (Read that again; this is not an error). In other words, one would be safer on the streets with gang members around than with police officers.
The current justice system condones cops’ wrongdoings on the streets; the officers are very rarely disciplined by their superiors, let alone tried for their wrongdoings. According to a December 8, 2014 article in the Daily News, out of 179 fatal shootings in New York City by police officers, only three (3) were indicted by a Grand Jury; just one (1) of those three was convicted. Surely those officers have no incentive to act within the boundaries of the law. The system condones their wrongdoings; it even encourages it in some circumstances.