Ferguson is 54% Black. The Police Force has 3 Blacks on the Police Force. Institutional Racism Exists not only in law enforcement but in the Big Business Hierarchy.
When you say institutionalized Racism I have to ask for a definition of that? Because we are not living in a nation that is employing something like apartheid. We are living in a nation in which it seems racism is quickly identified and dealt with even when it is completed with subterfuge.
There's more than one side to this story - as was the case in the Zimmerman affair.
The race mongers generally try to portray every incident they can as another poor defenseless victim "being shot down like a dog in the street." That theme serves their ends. I'll wait about 90 days for all the facts to come out on this one before making up my mind what probably really happened.
BTW: I found it particularly interesting that the leader of the New Black Panthers went "birther" on Obama and referred to him as a "Mau Mau":
(See the video at 4:30)
There's more than one side to this story- the side of right will never be told in the blaze-a right wing media outlet.
The first thing I noticed about the article-no names of witness and the information came from the Ferguson Police force.
This is a tough situation. No matter what the truth is no one wants it.
One case you have a racist police officer who snaps and shots someone because of the color of their skin. The other case you have a defiant 18 year old who was defiant until his death.
Either way there is something really wrong with it. The truth of the situation probably lies in between and then you have underlying issues and volatile situations making them erupt in violence.
How do you fix this? I don't think you can. The unarmed man is dead and the officer who shot him has to live with the fact that he did that.
Can you prevent this from happening again? Yes, but not without a lot of work. The police officers and citizens have to work together. They have to be seen as citizens of the community they patrol and not outsiders. There are some steps that can be taken. One thought is this.. police officers should live in the city they patrol.
@Shan: I am not going to tutor you like I did with Tot. It's a waste of time to suffer fools. Ask Sgt. Waters. Better yet, ask Tot.