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Reader: It's time to heal the distrust between police and community

"Jamar Clark is gone but there are millions of troubled, lost young black men waiting in the wings to be the next statistic."

"Jamar Clark is gone but there are millions of troubled, lost young black men waiting in the wings to be the next statistic."

Reader Gerard Balan responds to Hundreds of grieving protesters march downtown for Jamar Clark: 

"Kudos that the protesters remained peaceful. However, it's a shame they've totally ignored the forensic evidence that clearly shows Clark wasn't handcuffed and he grabbed the officers' gun in what was likely a case of suicide-by-cop. 

"I am blown away and impressed with how transparent and comprehensive Freeman's case was. The community needs to look inward to see what can be done to help troubled young men like Clark.

"He was drunk, assaulted his girlfriend that night, and then proceeded to threaten the EMT workers as well. He had several prior run-ins with the law. Jamar Clark is gone but there are millions of troubled, lost young black men waiting in the wings to be the next statistic.

"I don't believe marches and camping outside a police precinct will prevent the next tragedy. We need to work harder to create economic opportunities for young black men, to heal the splintered black family, and to work with police on ways to use less lethal force when they have to protect themselves in the line of duty.

"We also need to heal this great mistrust between the community and the police, as this is not serving anyone. None of this will be easy, but that should be where Black Lives Matters goes next."