Overnight protests against police practices that have victimized minorities widened from Baltimore, Maryland, to include New York City, New York; Houston, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Seattle, Washington State; Boston, Massachusetts; and here in Washington, District of Columbia - the nation's capital. And this issue transcending states lines pertaining to the said questions Baltimore City face, indicates the canyoning depth of national concerns over police historical and current actions toward minorities.
Hence, while the governor of the state of Maryland appears satisfied with an apparent order the presence of the National Guard has brought to Baltimore, the deployment of troops in any city, cannot, and will not, solve nor answer the demands by residents for local governments to uphold its end of the social contract to extend equal protection and equal treatment to all the people.
Therefore, while some leaders have proposed dialogue as means to ebb the risen tide of community mistrust of police practices, it is however self-evident that the time for talks has past and that the actions of the people beg that there be concrete and decisive action to check police actions.
National leaders must now step to the fore, not to discuss the discontent of a few disenfranchised teens, but to explicitly outline a course of checks and balances upon police actions. Moreover, it becomes imperative that the just demands of the people be satisfied.