The ongoing issue of Black males being shot and killed by police have raised numerous questions on how law enforcement treat Black suspects versus the White suspects who they encounter.
During a recent high speed chase in Macomb County, Michigan, Dylan Yates stole a vehicle and led police officers on a high speed chase. The majority of the chase was caught on a police dash-cam video. While driving, Yates, 23, hit several parked vehicles. He also nearly hit one police officer who aimed a gun at him, but chose not to fire. If Yates had hit the officer, it’s possible that the officer would have been injured severely.
Yates eventually jumped out of his vehicle while it was still moving. He attempted to run again and attacked officers before being apprehended by authorities and charged.
The incident sheds light on the differences between how Yates was treated and how Black suspects lost their lives. Individuals such as Laquan McDonald, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and others are no longer with us because police mishandled a situation that didn’t have to turn violent. White mass shooters Robert Lewis and Dylan Roof were able to gun down dozens of people and were never met with force by authorities. In fact, police officers bought Roof Burger King after he murdered dozens of innocent Black people in a church.
Before police officers are allowed to patrol, they should be forced to learn on how to deal with suspects without holding racial biases. Because the disease of police murdering young Black males won’t stop until it is confronted and recognized as a severe problem.