Deeper ques­tions

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Video of Texas cop’s ac­tions raises ten­sion,” June 9

We keep miss­ing the back­ground noise in news events like the one in which a McKin­ney, Texas, po­lice of­fi­cer was recorded pulling his gun on black teenagers at a pool party and pin­ning one of them on the ground.

When that old In­dian fa­ther was thrown to the ground and par­tially par­a­lyzed in Alabama, we for­got why he was stopped. Some­one had called the po­lice and said an un­fa­mil­iar black guy was walk­ing around. With the pool party, be­fore the girl was slammed to the ground, only the black teens were tar­geted by po­lice while the white peo­ple were al­lowed to walk freely.

The story is not just that Trayvon Martin was killed; it was also that he was some­how ex­pected to stop and ex­plain him­self to a stranger. Like­wise, it is not just that Fred­die Grey was killed, it is that the only rea­son given for stop­ping him was that he looked at Bal­ti­more po­lice of­fi­cers.

Th­ese in­ci­dents do not hap­pen in a vac­uum; we need to ex­am­ine them to see why they oc­cur.

Janet Sav­age

Los An­ge­les

NDN Photo

PO­LICE OF­FI­CER in Texas was filmed push­ing a 14-year-old girl in a swim­suit to the ground.

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