Black Boys Are Not Safe on Our Streets

Attorney Benjamin Crump talks about the new Trayvon Martins, a brutal death and the fears for all black sons.

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BC: We are hoping the court will throw out the charges against Leon, because it is clear that he was unarmed and in reasonable fear of his life. But what is happening across the country is that police officers have been emboldened to act with impunity against the bodies and lives of young black males. This must stop. Leon Ford's case is especially troubling because there is evidence the officers may have lied to authorities. This is all too common. Stories are constructed to make the victim seem like the aggressor.

How is it that black skin alone is so powerful that it inspires such fear in officers trained to serve and protect? Why are black boys never seen as victims? Never allowed to fear for their lives?

I am continuing this fight so that the legacy of Trayvon Martin's life might well be that Kendrick and Leon received justice -- despite the fact that George Zimmerman walked free.

Edward Wyckoff Williams is a contributing editor at The Root. He is a columnist and political analyst, appearing on Al-Jazeera, MSNBC, ABC, CBS Washington and national syndicated radio. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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