The Los Angeles Times
Protesters confront police officers outside the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters office, in a second day of protests to the Grand Jury's decision to not charge Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the case of Michael Brown's shooting, in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 25, 2014. Racial tension over policing in the United States reached a breaking point. The officer-involved shootings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford, Tamir Rice, and John Crawford III have drawn out thousands of demonstrators in an intense dissent. The degree of public trust in the police is politically polarized largely by skin color and, to a somewhat lesser extent, political affiliation. That political friction has long existed in American life, so when Black activists this year likened the arrival of widespread protests to a new civil rights movement, their grievances centered on and came face to face with an old foe: the police.