Op-Ed: At one time it was another day another shooting in the US but lately it is another day another black kid shot and killed by a white cop.
America has a problem getting to grips with the issue, a difficult task for President Obama too.
The latest shooting reports Reuters is "18-year-old black man [Antonio Martin] was shot and killed by police late on Tuesday at a gas station in a St. Louis suburb near where unarmed teen Michael Brown was killed by a white officer in August, police and local media said."
Christmas Eve tensions are high in the area and across other parts of the USA.
Last week two cops in New York were killed, assassinated according to the authorities, as they sat in their squad car. The killer fled before killing himself. His motives appear linked to the death of black man Eric Garner who died in a police choke-hold on the streets of New York.
It is not a nationwide issue in the USA but the race aspect is in many parts of America.
In too many cases the victim has been unarmed.
In the latest shooting "Police said the man who was killed had pointed a handgun at an officer who was conducting a "routine business check" and had approached two men outside the gas station after 11 p.m. (0500 GMT) in the suburb of Berkeley."
The officer allegedly feared for his life, shooting and killing the man. A second suspect fled the scene.
That version of events is contradicted by loved ones of the dead man who claim the police were acting provocatively and began shooting as he tried to flee.
Either way something is rotten and the stink refuses to go away.
According to the Guardian "Before fights broke out at the gas station, protesters questioned why the police were dressed in riot gear. “Why are you in riot gear, I don’t see no riot here,” they chanted according to this Vine."
Then there is the issue of US gun laws and the over supply in communities.
Still somewhere some are making big money out of events.
Weapons suppliers, weapons makers, those who also supply weapons which will change the police into a battle-ready fighting force, people who make money out of doomsday preppers and more.
For the families of the victims it will be a cold Christmas.