HottJoe saidwe live in a country that says if a white man is scared of a black teen he can call him a thug, shoot him dead, and say it was self defense.
One could make a valid argument that the cop didn't call Michael Brown a thug...he WAS a thug! Based on Brown's actions just minutes prior to being killed -- theft, assault, allegedly attacking a police officer in a squad car -- he was not exactly an innocent teenager out for an afternoon stroll in the neighborhood. I know you'd like to just ignore that part of the scenario, focusing only on the fact that Michael Brown was killed by a white cop, but you don't get to do that any more than a grand jury will be able to. You have to look at the whole picture and, most importantly, ALL the facts (many of which we probably do not know yet)
What if the cop was a black guy? And he shot and killed the unarmed black teen under the same circumstances?
1) first off, if the cop was black and the Ferguson police dept was racially mixed, would the black teen
a) not do what he did (rob the store and assault clerk)in the first place
b) during the altercation, the teen would have given up easier when told to or acted differently
c) not (allegedly) attack the officer because the officer is also black
2) second, the parents
a) would the parents be less upset if their son was killed by a black police officer
b) would the parents think the black police officer was an uncle Tom in a mixed race department and still want to sue for wrongful death
In this case, as in Los Angeles PD, NYPD, DetroitPD or other big cities, law enforcement must reflect the community it serves. If the racial make up of the community is, say 50% black, 50% white, the local law enforcement should reflect the same. I believe this is where affirmative action came in the larger cities when they went through the same 'riot' conditions of the 1960's. Affirmative action, either because the white people in charge refused to hire or promote other races (discrimination) or the other races were not able to obtain these law enforcement positions because they didn't pass rigorous testing. After all is said and done, in this city of Ferguson, St Louis or the entire state of Missouri, officials should take a closer look at the ethnic make up of each of its communities and promote hiring practices that will serve all racial communities.
City of Los Angeles, in particular, is made up of every race and ethnicity one can think of. The racial mix of its law enforcement definitely changed, for the better, after the Rodney King incident because everyone became aware that all city residents were not being represented equally.