Re Mychal Denzel Smith’s “The New Fight for Racial Justice” [Sept. 15]: It appears that the outcome of the civil rights movement has been to replace “Blacks not welcome” with “This is not about race.”
When Cops Kill
I have lived in St. Louis all my life. What happened to Michael Brown is sad, and it’s even sadder that this is not unusual [“The Struggle Renewed,” Sept. 15]. Years ago, two unarmed young men were killed here by police officers in a fast-food parking lot. One is said to have jumped on the hood of the car and shot the driver fourteen times. No one was prosecuted.
Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who is in charge of the Brown investigation, will do all he can for the cop. His father was a cop, and the police back him in every election. When St. Louis County violates the law, making the ACLU go to court to get reports that should have been released promptly, it shows how far it will go for cops. As long as the police believe they will be protected from prosecution, they will violate the rights of citizens. It is time for the county to get off the corruption train.
Why is no one talking about the fundamental problem exposed at Ferguson? The police policy all across this country is shoot to kill. Force should be used to injure and stop an unarmed suspect, and deadly force used only when the suspect is firing a weapon or threatening to do so. Sure, this is slightly more dangerous, but that’s why police wear bulletproof vests. If we believe life is sacred, let’s practice it.
The Teachout Moment
In your endorsement “Teachout for Governor” [Sept. 15], you use the phrase “the democratic wing of the Democratic Party” but don’t identify its source. Perhaps you count on your readers to know that the words are those of Paul Wellstone, who is still sorely missed here in Minnesota and beyond.