If the failure of prosecutors in California to press charges against policemen for the unarmed shooting death of Black youth Stephon Clark wasn't enough to confirm the dire condition of Blacks with respect to equal protection under the law in America, then the Boulder, Colorado, incident of last week, certainly affirms the often near-death situations Black America continue to face in too many interactions with police.
With a clear memory of the demise of Stephon Clark, 22, at the hands of law enforcement having been shot multiple times in his grandmother's backyard in Sacramento, last March 18, and found to hold only an Iphone in his hands, and with this week's revelation that those police officers will not be held criminally responsible for the young man's death, then comes the incident of Boulder, Colorado.
Media reports, including video, but not naming the involved Black man, have revealed that last week in the Colorado City, police pounced upon yet another unarmed Black man for simply being Black. The man was besieged by officers on his property after he was observed there and picking up trash with a bucket and clamp.
"You're on my property with a gun in your hand, threatening to shoot me, because I'm picking up trash...I don't have a weapon. This is a bucket. This is a clamp," the young Black man is heard responding to cops targeting him. Luckily, he was not shot. But how many other minority men have died under similar circumstances? The first contact officer has reportedly been placed on paid administrative leave and an investigation has been mounted into the incident.
Yet, the reality in itself is indicative of the long standing police attitude that Black America does not fall under the full equal protection of the law. That attitude and practice must stop in order to maintain social stability in America.