The Day After the Verdict, Round 2: Yup, Still a Joke

my name is elizabeth

Maybe this time, I thought before yesterday’s grand jury decision was announced.

Because Daniel Pantoleo, the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death on July 17, has a history of alleged race-related misconduct.

Maybe this time.

Because the NYPD forbids its members from using chokeholds — a rule that went into effect 21 years ago, long before Pantoleo was ever a cop.

Maybe this time.

Because the New York City medical coroner ruled Garner’s death a homicide.

Maybe this time.

Because the entire incident was filmed.  Because you can see in the tape, as the New York Times stated, that Garner was “not acting belligerently, posed no risk of flight, brandished no weapon and was heavily outnumbered.”  Because you can hear him say “I can’t breathe” 11 times before he dies.  Eleven.  Times.

Maybe this time.

But then the news broke.

As I tried to make sense of the decision…

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Black Girl AUTHORIZE.

December 5th. 2014

Crime in America

11:37P.M, LA

The Crime in America is so blatant to see

 ,but sill as communities we struggle to see…

how to stand together in UNISON as one

to come against a power

who is greater than NONE

A POWER SO COWARDLY small, YET AM-BIG-U-OUS.

History

                    ……repeats

                                                       ………………… and repeats

                                                                                                ………… and repeats……

BUT then there is an END, there is a time when no one will have a say.

…..AND I WONDER THEN,

WOULD WE REACT THE SAME WAY??

But in these nights I lay,

I reach deep down and pray, that

 God grant us hope, love, and strength

EACH DAY.