Hours after two police officers were shot at a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, last week, a black Kenworth truck in North Carolina hauling a collapsible conference room began rolling down the highway toward the scene, intent on bringing peace and saving souls.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail is one of those texts that I have come back to a lot of times over the years. And it is one of those texts that startles anew me every time that I encounter it.
What is the answer? Move forward. At a local level, possibilities may include allowing body cameras, a strong police ombudsman, an education system that educates people for the future in a way which keeps them in school long enough to graduate, and a strong economy that pays well enough for the average person to raise a family.
About 200 people paraded through downtown Spokane Tuesday evening, joining legions of other communities across the country in protesting the grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.