It’s been a little over a year
Since the boys in blue caused his death.
At 25, he had barely started living
And maybe his past wasn’t perfect
But whose is?
Freddie’s death was unnecessary.
There is no place for ‘rough rides’
Or abuses of power.
Protocol is not a choice,
But police brutality is.
It’s been a little less than a year
Since violence erupted
In the streets of Charm City
And we saw how anger corrupts
Even the best of people.
Freddie’s death was a catalyst,
A wake-up call, an anthem.
He showed that our society
Is more broken
Than the body he spent his last hours in.
(I’m not completely happy with this, but I felt it best to post today due to the events it references. Timeliness and all that. Written as a challenge based on this post but also because I’ve been thinking about this lately and wanted to say something about it.)