Tyler James Williams has a unique perspective on Ferguson. The young actor told Fusion his father served as a New York City police officer for 20 years. Williams said his idea of law enforcement wasn’t typical for a black person; as the son of a cop, he didn’t have what he called “the average black experience.” But, he says, he is very aware of the tension between police officers and the black community in many areas.
The actor said situations like Ferguson could be prevented if there were better liaisons between the two groups — either more black officers on the force, or respected members of the community willing to work with them.
“What if somebody — an uncle, or somebody in the community who was like an uncle — could just come out and defuse?” Williams suggested. “We would never have heard about [Ferguson], regardless of what happened on either side, if there was a good relationship with the community. …We just need to bridge that gap.”