This cartoon is about more than Baltimore. Police in every major US city find themselves on the front lines of an entire system that still – after a couple hundred years - hasn’t outgrown intrinsic prejudices.

That’s the stubborn, intractable force behind the horrific riots in Baltimore, and elsewhere.

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Matt Davies is Newsday’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist.

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