The drug search was meant
to degrade and humiliate.
“When I got cuffed, he patted me down,
and rushed his hand up my butt.
When I tried to get away
he hooked me into a choke hold.
'Stop resisting,' he said.
'Where are the drugs?' he asked.
Two other officers held my arms
and pressed a gun to my head.
His fingers shoved into the teary brown eye,
so forcibly, so deep that for days I bled.”
No drugs recovered.
"Every time you see me
you want to mess with me,”
The gentle giant cried,
“I’m tired of it. It stops today!”
He had tried to break up a fight
but when the cops came
his neck was in a choke hold,
his head slammed against
Young and innocent, she and her friends
went for dessert just a little past 10 p.m;
the hours in which the town had declared
a curfew for those under 18 years,
though this sort of ordinance trumps
our rights to travel and peaceably assemble.
She kept walking.
They started chasing.
They tackled her to the ground
They smushed her face into the ground
They pulled her hair while she kept on screaming.
Lying on the ground
she thought she’d be beaten up for hours.
I asked who was at the door
then I heard an unfamiliar name.
I opened the door and there they were
these policemen standing there
pointing a gun that could shoot
an elephant down.
I slammed the door and locked it.
I dialed the county’s number, and
told the police that the police were
breaking into my house
but they smashed down the door
broke through the bedroom
threw me on the bed
and beat me until I bled
like a bunch of animals
fighting for meat.
He survived the Vietnam War but didn’t survive
the Department of Veterans Affairs.
4 hours without treatment he decided
to leave and find another hospital.
He was told not to leave and so the staff
summoned the officers.
"All I know is he fell and had a stroke,"
said the staff to his wife.
But a nurse confessed,
"I’m the one who cleaned
all the blood off of his face.”
They had tackled him to the floor
slammed his head on the floor,
kneeing and stomping on his neck so
that it crushed the carotid artery
that broke into little pieces
that formed the blood clot
that formed the stroke
that killed the old veteran.