The similarities between Ford's death and Michael Brown's death beg not just for answers as to why this continues to be a common occurrence, but also demand swift and permanent change.
There has been a lot of concern recently over the militarization of police forces. It started with the LAPD.
I hate the fact that people pretend that if you're black and keep out of trouble and do the "right" things, you'll be protected. That's a lie! I've never been in trouble, yet I'm almost always afraid of law enforcement. I've seen too many things to feel safe.
They speak of it like the coming race war, not the race war we're already in. And it is not a race war really -- it is a racially divided class war.
This idea that cops get to say when and where constitutional rights apply is so very, deeply misguided that I am shocked anyone could type it out without coming to their senses mid-sentence.
Yet another young black man killed. Another grief-stricken family, another outraged community. We've seen this before, and we can be confident we'll see it again. What's going on?
With the nation's outrage in full view, I believe that this case gives an outlet to a rising sense of power felt by parents and youth alike to call into question the behavior exhibited by those who are sworn to protect and serve all citizens.
What if we start to live into the promise and hope for liberty for everyone? What if we hope to believe and live like everyone is created equal? What if we actually lived like everyone is my neighbor?
There are far too many loose guns floating around the United States of America. What are we doing? This is not the world our forefathers conceived wh...
One day my grandson won't be six and little and cute. In fact, in 12 years, he'll be the age Michael Brown was on the last day of his life. And it won't matter what values his family has instilled in him, nor what the "content of his character" is.
What we must remember always -- and something I have told many juries in the past -- is that the most powerful person in the world, on a day-to-day basis, is not the president of the United States. No, it is a police officer.
As a black girl I'm constantly worried that my male cousins and friends will have to deal with gang violence. Now I'm worried they'll have to deal with police brutality too.
While the governor of Missouri is sending in the National Guard to Ferguson, it is worth considering where the real violence is coming from.
There is something deep in the American psyche which resents and resists military-style force in our neighborhoods.
In the America that I want to live in, it's not all right for police to intimidate entire communities with automatic weapons, riot gear and armored vehicles.
Ferguson has resonated across the country, not because of the merits of this one particular interaction -- where the facts are still uncertain -- but because of other similar, but less deadly policing tactics in certain urban communities.