The roster of African-American men whose death involving police activity keeps growing.
When does it stop? How do communities learn to deal with these crises? Have we reached a tipping point?
The latest man to die in police custody is a young fellow, Freddie Gray, whose spine was snapped while he was being held by Baltimore police.
And the outrage has begun. As it should.
How does someone get their spine broken by police? What in the world is happening when these officers arrest someone?
* Eric Garner was choked to death by a Staten Island police officer. A grand jury decided to no-bill the officer.
* Michael Brown was shot to death by a Ferguson, Mo., officer. A grand jury there decided against an indictment.
* Trayvon Martin was killed by a neighborhood security officer, who then was acquitted of murder in a Sanford, Fla., trial.
* Walter Scott was shot to death in the back as he fled from a North Charleston, S.C., police officer, who’s now been charged with murder.
I am acutely aware that there are circumstances associated with some of these deaths, such as with Michael Brown’s conduct.
Still, we can add Freddie Gray to the list of individuals who’ve died because of police activity. And once again, parents, siblings and spouses of African-American men are going to express alarm that more men just like those who have died already will become victims of similar actions by police officers in their communities.
We’ve heard already about the need for a “national conversation” about police relations with African-American communities across the country.
Let’s keep having that conversation. Shall we?