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To serve and to protect,
or body slam and disrespect?
How many isolated incidents
will persuade you of the significance,
of the inherent sense of injustice,
when groups perceive that it is, just us?
Videotaped beatings, coroner’s findings
open to interpretation, defining
the perilous existence, being marginalized,
Suspect in custody suspiciously dies.
Furthers  a growing legacy of shame.
Self evident truths, only in name.
How can expendables hear freedom ring
when they think their lives ain’t nothin’ but a thing?

M. Zane McClellan

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