An image arrested me yesterday. It was of a police officer saluting the body of slain Baltimore police officer Sean Suiter as it was carried by a hearse. It was majestic—a ‘hero’ of Baltimore was a Black man. Only, he was not alive to witness his appreciation. He joined the force to keep men and boys like him safe, only to meet this fate. He could not escape the bars of death despite a life of service spent ensuring the freedom of people in his community. The bars.