By Horacio Jones
Since the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, Americans have had to face the issues of race and police brutality once again. Many have taken to protesting as a way to have their voices heard. On December 13, 2014 there were numerous nationwide protests and I caught up with some of the protestors in Balboa Park to get their opinions on race relations with the police and what can be done to improve them.
No matter which side you are on, freedom of speech is paramount to the successful resolution of this obvious problem regarding police killing unarmed citizens. It doesn’t matter what race the victims belonged to. They are citizens of our country and deserved more judicious treatment. Those involved in law enforcement are civil servants which means they are compelled to protect us. Yes, they have a very difficult and dangerous job, but the officers involved in the Brown and Garner cases are products of a system that is unquestionably flawed and not providing adequate training to law enforcement officials who were sworn to serve and protect us.
Like a wide range of Americans, I felt disappointed with the outcomes of the Brown and Garner grand jury decisions. In both cases, unarmed black men were killed by police officers and the grand jury failed to indict either of the officers. I decided to go film the protest so I could get reactions and answers about why this is such a contentious national issue and what can be done to avoid future tragedies. During the protest, I was able to film some of the speakers and get some insightful interviews from a couple of demonstrators. I hope that by reporting on events like these I can contribute to the local and national conversation about this volatile topic.