Finally, Dave, the community response was to exercise their constitutional rights of assembly and free speech to draw attention to their situation. The police response to the lawful and peaceful demonstrations amounted to a riot against the community, and against the media, who dared exercise their constitutional right to cover the story. When police attack demonstrators, instead of defending their right to demonstrate, they create an environment that fosters violence. Once the state police stepped in the violence subsided dramatically.
Unfortunately, Dave, young Black males are targeted by racist profiling, and whatever the statistics you are citing here, they are compiled from the records of the "justice" system that victimized them in the first place.
It is a self-justifying policy: we assume young Black males are more prone to be criminals, so we target them for arrest; arrest records then show more young Black males in prison, proving they are more prone to be criminals.
Furthermore, the "educational, economical, ethical, familial, and social circumstances" you deplore are not the causes, but the end results of the same problem: social injustice based on race.
Dave, your first two points are both beside the point. Regardless of whether or not the officer who killed Michael Brown is charged or not, regardless of whether he is convicted or not, this case has already exposed the lingering social injustice in America.
Of the eight British soldiers who were charged with murder after the Boston Massacre, six were acquitted and two were convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter. Nevertheless, the Boston Massacre still stands for all time as an emblem of social injustice.
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