Michael was not a murderer, he was a empty-handed young black men killed by an officer who didn't uphold his integrity and wasn't held accountable for it. That's the problem of our criminal justice system: it doesn't always work, especially in poor black communities. From the city of Jacksonville (Florida) where Jordan Davis was killed for jamming his favorite song while out with his friends to the small town of Ferguson, the opportunity to protect our peers and our ourselves from discrimination have not been any greater.
There are peaceful ways to take upon the opportunity, we just have to believe and practice those ways. As much as I would like to believe that this incident had nothing to do with race, it's hard to rule out the growing trend as the cases continue to pile up. I send sincerest condolences to Michael's family as they grief of their beloved son.
It's my honest belief that eliminating the threat of discrimination in our communities is common good, so whether we're white or black, unity is our greatest way to achieving the opportunity of peace of mind with law enforcement and our justice system. We must take the challenge today, it's wide-open.