We’ve previously covered why neither Republicans or Democrats can be spared in any worthwhile critique of the American justice system and proposals for reform. When the second Baltimore police officer on trial for the wrongful death of Freddie Gray was acquitted this week, we were reminded of this point: everybody has failed the young black men and women who the system is rigged against. The many incredible organizations and people working to right this wrong are dealing with micro, macro, sociological, historical, bureaucratic, systematic and all too often counter-productive policies. So no matter what people say about this particular acquittal, the reality is just not that simple. As criminal justice reform advocates remind us, “there must be sweeping changes in the way police interact with people of color. The policies, practices and culture of ‘rough rides,’ ‘jump outs’ and ‘stop and frisk’ that allow police brutality to happen must be ended.”