The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri are a tragedy. A police officer shot and killed an unarmed teen and demonstrations have turned violent.
The issue of race relations has surfaced once again and reasonable voices on all sides have had to step back and answer the question, "How far have we really come in America?"
The events in Ferguson could be in any smaller city across the land - some here in east Texas. In fact, there are several recent cases of deaths where race may have played or may be found to have played a factor. So the underlying message is that some citizens don't trust law enforcement on the front of fair treatment and law enforcement is under extreme pressure to make instant decisions in life or death situations. The pressure has probably never been higher, at least in recent decades. But there is opportunity in this for local law enforcement and community and neighborhood leaders.