Today, I gave you a hug.
You’re young, but you’re still a thug.
There’ll be another day and time,
when I’ll arrest you for a crime.
A few years down the road,
our lives just might explode.
If I see you on a bad day,
there could be hell to pay.
Don’t expect a hug from me.
I’ll use a bullet to set you free.
With tears streaming down your face.
you’ll take your rightful place,
among your brothers; dead!
Like you, their blood I shed.
You see, I’m just like Wilson,
and yes, I got a reason.
We both are two of a kind.
Our thoughts are intertwined.
We’re the Klan decked out in Blue.
And like Wilson, I’d kill you too!
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland
Encounter at protest leads to hug for boy, officer
An African-American boy holding a “Free Hugs” sign stood crying in front of a police barricade at a Ferguson protest rally in Portland. A white police officer motioned for him to come closer. The officer then asked the boy for a hug — and they embraced, the boy’s anguished face streaming with tears.
12-year-old Devonte Hart and Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum
Earlier that week, when an officer posted on Facebook a badge of the Portland Police Bureau with an “I am Darren Wilson” banner, Barnum had “liked” the post. The officers were later ordered to remove the images and the matter is under an internal investigation.
Barnum said he “liked” the image out of solidarity for the police profession, not because he supports Wilson.
How touching! I just hope that in a few years, Devonte Hart’s not lying on a street in Portland with his blood seeping out of him while Sgt. Barnum who ‘liked’ “I am Darren Wilson,” is not standing over Devonte’s lifeless body saying, “I shot him out of ‘solidarity’ for the police profession’ is all!”