At least not according to the American Justice Dept they don't. Who yesterday unsurprisingly decided not to pursue charges against the two Louisianan murderers/police officers who shot and killed Alton Sterling at point blank range on July 5th 2016, despite the fact that the 'execution' was captured on video.
This is yet another tragic decision by the DoJ, alas not an unexpected one for anybody familiar with the newly appointed head honcho - Mr Jeff Sessions, who is no stranger to the accusation of racism.
a brief summary of Jeff's voting record.
The real tragedy here is that sadly this is nothing new. Black people in America have been disproportionately targeted by those in authority since the abolishing of slavery (and obviously during it) but it was while a young William Clinton was in the White House and signed the Crime Bill into law in 1994 that the already racially biased system was put on acid as a generation of your African American males were being incarcerated for non-violent offences, which um... probably had nothing to do with the 'donations' made to Bill by the Private Prison industry.
Blacks equal 12% of the general population... but 40% of the prison population
There's been little in the way of improvement since Clintons controversial crime bill either under the regime's of war-criminal Bush or 'Mr Hope and Change', war-criminal Obama. In fact, it feels like every time I turn on the TV there's a new report of an unarmed black man being shot dead by a panic stricken cop with an itchy trigger finger.
Clearly this is an issue that wont heal itself, Martin Luther King Jnr said "The time is always right to do what is right." that means actually draining the swamp, it means no more private money in politics, it means changing the way the police are trained and it means that Black lives may one day, finally matter as well.