As I hear about the case in Ferguson and compare my own experience, I have to wonder who in the US feel protected by the authorities such as the police, immigration officers, etc. When I was in the US in my childhood and even last week, when I saw a police officer, he or she was there to protect people including me. There was no question. But when I face a similar figure in the U.S., I feel like I’m one of the people from whom that they protect others. Probably it is because of my non-American citizen status. Maybe it’s because of my Asian background. Whatever the reason might be, I rarely feel law enforcement and others are necessarily there to protect me. When people talk about trust between residents of a particular city and its police officers, I think there is a huge gap between those who feel protected and those who feel otherwise.