"Last Friday, three New York City police officers were acquitted for the killing of 23-year old Sean Bell, early in the morning on what was to be his wedding day, in November of 2005. Bell's 50-bullet murder sparked outrage in a city that is no stranger to police brutality; the list of police killings of unarmed black men over the years is long and familiar.
People like to treat police shootings as "tragic" isolated incidents, but the ugly truth is that police officers inflict violence on black communities on a regular basis. And they get away with it, time and time again. "When cops go on trial for overuse of deadly force, their victims are generally young blacks and Latinos," writes one commentator. "The attorneys that defend them are top gun defense attorneys and have had much experience defending police officers accused of misconduct. Police unions pay them and they spare no expense in their defense. The cops rarely serve any pre-trial jail time, and are released on ridiculously low bail."
Bell, meanwhile, was handcuffed while mortally injured. Is this really what we call "justice for all"?
I couldn't agree more. I feel such deep shame for so many things that my country has been doing...yes, I know the old saw "love it or leave it". Indeed I do. This is not an example of something that America has "become". It is an example of behavior that America has never grown out of.