A lot’s been said about the black experience after the killing of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
There are conflicting accounts about what happened between the cop and the teen. There is no video tape. And we may never know what really happened. But after getting an upprovoked beating with a traffic cone in Ferguson, I wondered what it must be like on the other side of the shield.
Obviously, the police aren’t talking in Ferguson. So I rode along with another police department: Detroit. America’s Blackest City.
100 Percent Fed Up said it well:
How will events like Ferguson affect police officers and their ability to effectively do their jobs in urban areas? Of course, there are going to be bad cops who don’t play by the rules, but there are plenty of good cops who are dedicated to protecting and defending innocent citizens from crime. For the majority of good cops, we need to ask ourselve why anyone would risk their lives to protect citizens in communities who don’t believe these police officers are even worthy of receiving a fair trial in our courts? Why would our law enforcement officers go out into the most dangerous areas of America knowing that residents will gladly place a bounty on their heads if they determine, in a banana republic fashion, that you are guilty as charged by mobs of unruly protesters?