The controversy regarding the shooting in Missouri doesn't discount the fact that, reminiscent of what happened in Florida, a man with a gun got involved in a situation that escalated to a point where he felt threatened and believed he had no recourse but to shoot and kill a young, unarmed teenager. This time, the shooter was a peace officer.
Whether this case results in a murder charge or a finding of self-defense, the reality is that a young man is dead. Worse, initial police response to public outrage only exacerbated an already bad situation.
It would be unfortunate if these types of incidents create or perpetuate a long-term level of distrust between police and the citizens they are charged to protect and to serve.