By CJ Smith

If we must die

we shall not die

by the people that protect us

There is enough violence

we do not need it being

spread to our protectors

There are no ways police

should never ever should be

able to kill a man and he has surrendered

Also if the man is down why would you

stand there and keep

on choking a man after he gave up

I know that if the authorities don’t give what

the people are talking about

we will take this to the world wide web

so people can hear us

they’re killing us all one by one

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