If the day should ever come when the dream Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so famously described of seeing America achieve full racial harmony and the American Black being able to declare "...free at last, free at last...", then that day will easily be recognized as the dawn when Black Americans are treated the same as their white compatriots by police.
But that day has not arrived. Still too many Black Americans are killed by police under claims of officers fearing for their lives. And sadly after the tragic deaths, jurisdictions continue to condone the police actions of eliminating so many Black lives by not holding the officers criminally accountable for many killings. This problem does not affect white America.
The most recent affirmation of the inequality under the protection of the law for Black Americans came from Sacramento, where prosecutors have ruled out criminal charges against policemen who shot and killed an unarmed Black youth in his grandmother's backyard last March.
On March 18, 2018, Stephon Clark, 22, was shot and killed by police after he ran from them during a vandalism investigation. Reports were that a suspect was breaking windows. Police chased Stephon and shot and killed him after they claimed he stepped toward them with an object in his hands. That object turned out to be an Iphone. Police fired 20-shots at the vandalism suspect. The official coroner's report said he was shot seven-times. An independent autopsy found eight-bullet wounds - six fired into the young man's back.
Yet, California officials this week took the longstanding policy to side with law enforcement over the worth of Black lives in deciding not to hold the officers criminally responsible for the young man's death. They said the officers fairly feared for their lives. Hogwash!
That officers, who were not fired upon, would so easily resort to deadly force against a vandalism suspect - not a rape, not a murder, not a robbery, not a pedophile suspect, clearly speaks of the lower standard police continue to place upon Black lives.
Until Dr. King's dream becomes a reality, more minorities will continue to have justice denied in the saga of America's police acting against Black lives in America.