New agencies around the country have been eagerly awaiting the results of a grand jury investigation. As readers probably already know, the focus of that investigation was the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer earlier this year in Ferguson, Missouri.
When it was recently announced that the officer will not face criminal charges, the news almost immediately set off a blaze of anger. Protests have been held in major metro areas around the country, including here in the Twin Cities. Some of the protesters were arrested for violence, vandalism and looting, while police in certain cities turned to crowd-control tactics that included tear gas.