When it comes to police killing innocent citizens, we've all seen the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, but how about white lives?
Do white lives matter?
Take, for example, the police shooting of 20-year old Dillon Taylor, an unarmed white young man shot and killed by a black cop, Salt Lake City, Utah Police officer Bron Cruz on August 11, 2014 outside of a 7-Eleven store.
Salt Lake City Police officer Bron Cruz shot Dillon twice.
Once in the chest.
Once in the stomach.
Salt Lake City Police say Dillon didn't comply with the Cruz's commands, after they responded to a call for a male brandishing a weapon.
According to Salt Lake Police, Dillon fit the description.
Which is interesting because that's exactly what police say about every black male.
But Dillon didn't hear any police commands.
You see, Dillon was wearing headphones.
"We're walking out of the 7-11 with a drink, when cops show up and start harassing us with guns," Dillon's older brother, Jerall Taylor told the Salt Lake Tribube newspaper.
"He (Dillon) couldn't hear them, so he just kept walking. They had guns pointed at his face. That's when he turned off the music. I saw them point guns at my brother's face, amd I knew what was going to happen."
Dillon Taylor never had a chance.
Another victim of a trigger-happy overzealous cop.
But Dillon's story didn't receive anywheres near the coverage that Michael Brown's death received.
Brown, a black youth, was shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri Police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014, just 2 days before Dillon Taylor was gunned down.
Yet, despite many similarities, both incidents received completely opposite media coverage.
And completely opposite outrage from community members.
Now as a minority myself, who has spent the past 20-plus years exposing police misconduct and corruption, including countless shooting deaths of innocent, unarmed blacks and Latinos, I'll be the first one to tell you that the overwhelming percentage of victims of police abuse, and who are killed by trigger-happy cops, are minorities.
Blacks and Latinos.
And, the overwhelming majority of those cops are white.
But that's changing.
Police brutality and police shootings of unarmed, innocent citizens, including in some cases the mentally ill, is fastly becoming an epidemic affecting not just minorities, but whites as well.
When Ice Cube rapped "Black police showing out for the white cop," in N.W.A.'s classic "Fuck Tha Police" he was not only on point, but also ahead of his time.
It's not just white officers who are abusing and killing innocent people.
More and more minority officers, especially black and Latino cops, many of whom look down upon their own cultures, in what I can only describe as sick, twisted classism, and who want to prove to their white superiors that they can, and will abuse and even kill citizens of their own skin color, are doing just that.
So while protests and rallies were being held in Ferguson, as looters and thugs who could care less about Michael Brown's killing, smashed store windows and wiped shelves clean of merchandise, while setting fires to local mom and pop stores, burning them to the ground, the majority of people throughout the country, didn't even know who Dillon Taylor was.
And still don't.
Mainly because the sensationalistic mainstream news media was focused on news ratings.
And nothing says ratings more than a black youth being shot and killed by a white cop.
Nothing says ratings more than looting, and buildings burning to the ground.
And no mainstream news media outlet knows that better than CNN, who exploited and sensationalized Ferguson, Missouri, like they've exploited and sensationalized every other death of a black man at the hands of police, sending more correspondents to Ferguson than they've sent to the Middle East.
And while the country was focused on Ferguson, the police execution of an unarmed young man named Dillon Taylor was ignored.
I also noticed something else which as a Latino, who has children who are African-American and Latino, I found disturbing.
While many whites denounced the shooting death of Michael Brown, and marched alongside black protesters in Ferguson, I didn't see any blacks denouncing Dillon Taylor's shooting death by a minority police officer.
I didn't see any black preachers, pastors, or reverends in Salt Lake City, Utah denouncing the shooting death of a white young man.
I didn't see or hear Al Sharpton speak out against Dillon Taylor's execution.
I didn't see or hear President Obama denounce Dillon's murder either.
And I didn't see any hashtags being created and posted all over social media for Dillon Taylor.
Which is why I ask.
Click link below to watch video of Dillon Taylor shooting.