Too often our children and especially Black children are witnesses to shootings. Sometimes they are only witnesses and other times they are also victims. The little boy who was shot yesterday in Baltimore while sitting on his mother’s knee while his mother was killed by police was heard to say, “they’re trying to kill us.”
Why would cops let a situation with an innocent child in harm’s way, escalate to the point of an exchange of gunfire? Why? Sitting it out, wasn’t an option?
When Philando Castille was murdered by a cop, a little girl was in the backseat. That didn’t stop the officer from shooting him and training their guns on her. Police officers need to be trained better. Period.