If you agree with the protests or not, we should be applauding them for standing up (or kneeling down) for their right to freedom of speech in front of the world

Eight years ago while I was in Miami visiting my wife Erica, I lost my passport and was advised to report it to the police. I went to the local station and explained my predicament to the officer behind the window expecting to be given a mild rebuke and a form to fill. I still feel disbelief and anger about what happened next.

“I am not reporting your lost passport because there is no way you are British!” the officer shouted in my face and pulled down her shutter. I was refused my basic right to legal process because I’m black. My experience of police prejudice in 21st century America is small and irritating by comparison to the incidents of brutality and discrimination against the black community which have sadly become daily news.

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