Black "innocence" always has to be proven and depends on attaining a "respectability" defined by white mores and the white gaze.
He lay for hours, face down; blood trickled from his body into the street as an angry crowd gathered. In a cellphone video of the scene, a man yelled, "They could have just Tased him. That's some bullshit." Neighbors stared at his death, knowing, how easily it could have been their own while a cop laid a sheet over the young man.