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I Was Assaulted and Two Policemen Helped Me

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One spring day in 9th grade, I was walking home after school, mostly looking down at the sidewalk, longing to throw myself into bed after a long day. I had only gotten about a block away from school when seemingly out of nowhere, I was confronted by two girls, their faces full of anger. I […]

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Not Allowed to Be a Kid

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My first frightening interaction with cops happened when I was 6 years old. I was headed with my cousin to the park around the corner from his house to play basketball. As soon as we started walking, two cops began slowly following us in their car. I had already learned that I had to act […]

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Reporting a Crime and Being Wary of the Police

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The only good Samaritan acts I’d ever done was hold the door for someone or give compliments to a person feeling down. That changed last October 29. I was walking to a gym class in Inwood. It was cloudy and windy with a chance of rain, so I wore a sweatshirt, shorts, and of course […]

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My Mixed Feelings About the Derek Chauvin Verdict

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On May 25 of last year, the world mourned the death of George Floyd at the hands of now ex-Minneapolis police officer and convicted murderer Derek Chauvin. People around the world watched Chauvin brutally kneel on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds in a video recorded by a courageous teenage bystander named Darnella […]

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