Police watch as demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael...

Police watch as demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9. Credit: Getty Images / Scott Olson

Let us move forward with focused meaning and faithful mission until true justice is attained for slain black men like Eric Garner in Staten Island and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri ["Our trust of police takes a beating," Opinion, Aug. 26].

We must not sit idly by and allow the present-day racist system of "justifiable homicide" to be accepted. There will never be any justification for these killings. We must move forward and make a difference.

We can move forward by developing more jobs for our youth, by pushing positive and progressive education for young people, and by building and funding youth centers in our most troubled communities throughout the nation. This needs to happen one community at a time until we make the true difference that is needed for this present age and present stage.

No police officer should ever operate as judge, jury and executioner. Thank God for the many positive and progressive police officers who protect the public every day.

The Rev. Arthur L. Mackey Jr., Roosevelt

Editor's note: The writer is the senior pastor at Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral in Roosevelt.


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