Poplin: Did justice prevail
in Aura Rosser case?
Do you trust politicians? The media? Law enforcement?
Your likely answer is “None of the above.” It seems that no one trusts anyone these days. We assume elected officials will say anything to get elected, the media will slant everything toward ratings and policemen will do whatever it takes to never have to say “I’m sorry.”
In this issue, we specifically ponder what society expects, and has come not to expect, of those hired to “protect and serve.” When Aura Rosser, a black woman, was shot and killed by a white Ann Arbor policeman in November, was justice served?
The same question is being asked in communities around the country where black citizens have been killed by white law enforcement. The local case has been less incendiary than the one in, say, Ferguson, Mo. — there’s been no violence associated with the decision not to indict the Ann Arbor policeman involved — but make no mistake about it, the shooting of Rosser has been a furious topic in many local circles.
The author of our story, Michael David Marshall, is the son of a lifelong Detroit policeman. But he’s also a young black man, and much of the violence that’s in the news these days has been perpetrated on people who look just like him. We think he’s done a wonderful job involving the community in this local story, with an eye toward the parallel national debate.
We say he’s been evenhanded in his coverage, but that decision, ultimately, is up to you. Let us know how he/we did. But more importantly, let us know how Ann Arbor has done in the aftermath of Rosser’s shooting.
The author, Kyle Poplin, wonders whether Ann Arbor’s reputation of liberalism and acceptance has made it take a few things for granted. What do you think? Share your take on the shooting of Aura Rosser.