For my group paper we have been working on an analysis of race relations in contemporary America and what “tipping points” have caused and invoked change within our society. For my section of the paper I was looking at the current situation with the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown cases and if these are the newest “tipping point” for our society with the civil rights and what it will mean for the society as a whole. After presenting our paper to the class today, Dr. Pool started to discuss the points of the newest case that has just arose in Baltimore with the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. The point that really struck me was the fact that six of the officers that had handled the situation were arrested just like many other civil rights cases in the past, and have been charged with crimes from manslaughter to murder. Dr. Pool stated that she believes that these six officers may be let go at some point and will be found not guilty of their crimes. If this is the case, then I believe that my piece of the paper about the Trayvon Martin case being the contemporary “tipping point” may be invalid and this new case would be the “tipping point” for what it would mean to our society and criminal justice system. To me it would set a new set of standards for police officers across the nation that no matter what happens during an arrest they will be found not guilty because the American people will see the police force as group of people who are above the law and if we convict them of such heinous crimes then who is to police the police force? The two other contemporary cases of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin were between one member of the security/police force and a young boy, in the case of Freddie Gray it was six police members who each could have chosen to use different means of restraining Mr. Gray in the back of the van to prevent him from harm while driving. Although the two previous cases may have started the fire that is blazing through all of America with the police brutality and the targeting of minorities in crimes, they both may have just been the kindling to the much larger fire that will be when the decision is decided of these six officers. Either way that the jury decides the fate of these six police officers I believe that it will be groundbreaking change that will become something that is looked upon for future references of police brutality and how situations between police officers and those arrested.