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Black police officers don’t enjoy the same benefit of the doubt

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like to think we’ve come a long way from the days when a black man could get arrested for spitting on the sidewalk.

And from the days when there were two sets of laws: one for whites and another for blacks.

But a Justice Department investigation into the Cleveland Police Department suggests things are getting worse instead of better.

Last week, the feds concluded police officers there had engaged in a pattern of “unreasonable and unnecessary use of force.” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., announced the findings under the backdrop of ongoing outrage over the police-involved shooting of Tamir Rice.

The 12-year-old black boy was fatally shot by a white rookie police officer after the boy allegedly reached into his waistband for a pellet gun.

The grand jury decision not to indict the police officer in the Eric Garner chokehold death has further shaken my faith in the criminal justice system’s ability to be colorblind.

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