Why black men fear that any police encounter could go awry


A shooting in Florida earlier this week illustrates the longstanding fear among black men that almost any encounter with police can go awry with potentially deadly results.

On Monday, Charles Kinsey was on a street in North Miami, Florida, holding his hands in the air as ordered. But police shot him a few seconds later. That kind of incident makes many black men anxious that they could be shot, even if they follow every law enforcement command.

Kinsey is a black therapist who works with people with disabilities. He was trying to get a patient back to a facility that he had wandered from. Kinsey imagined that as long as he kept his hands up, he would not get hurt.

He is recovering from a leg wound.