Blacks need far more Black Lawyers than black policemen
In response to last year’s killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, La June Montgomery Tabron, who heads WK Kellogg Foundation, one of the US’s largest philanthropies, issued a statement in which she astutely noted that deaths like Brown’s “demonstrate that the law enforcement and justice systems in our nation are broken”.
Yet as the tally of killings continues to climb, protests have mainly focused on police with an often-cited criticism: the force is too white.
Well, the legal profession is even whiter, and the job much more subjective.
Consider the role of prosecutors, who, without objective criteria, decide what the charges will be. They alone decide whether to offer a plea bargain or proceed to trial.
Prosecutors are usually allowed to exercise this power with impunity and outside of public view, but in the last…
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