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Brooklyn born rap artist Shamele “Papoose” Mackie released a tribute to the countless victims of Police and Racial Violence in the US. In this tribute he reminds us of their names.. in alphabetical order.

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“Tribute” by Papoose

Shamele "Papoose" Mackie


Amadou Diallo was shot nineteen times
The police fired forty-one shots combined

Mistaken identity, they had to admit it
When they went to trial, all four officers got acquitted

Ahmaud Arbery, his skin made him a target
Two racist white men shot him while he was joggin’


Betty Jones was inside of her house
The day after Christmas when shots rang out

A bullet travelled inside of her home and slaughtered her
No charges were filed against the officer


Cornelius Brown, cops chose to kill
They shot him seven times, he was mentally ill


Dominic Fuller was murdered, it gets stranger
They say he had a gun, all he had was his stapler


Eric Garner, he was a father
But now a martyr, ain’t deserve to be slaughtered

His last words, “I can’t breathe”, moment of silence
The officer who killed him didn’t even get indited

Emmett Till, fourteen years old
They claim he flirted with a white woman, how cold

They took off his clothes, called him a nigga
Lynched him and threw him in the Tallahassee river


Freddie Gray had his spinal cord severed
Killed in a police van after arrested

Six officers got charged, this is ridiculous
Two years, four trials, no convictions


George Floyd, three officers kneeled on him
He told ’em he couldn’t breathe, they didn’t care for him

The country, rioting everywhere for him
F*ck those cops, I have no fear for ’em


Hector Morejon, he was unarmed
The cops shot him dead, he cried for his mom


India Kager, the navy vet
The passenger in the vehicle was a suspect

Her baby in the backseat, the cops started shootin’
The officers were cleared of criminal wrongdoing


Jamar Clark, restraint wasn’t enough
They shot him in his head while he was in handcuffs


Khiel Coppin was mentally ill, but
They say he had a gun, all he had was a hairbrush

The cops shot him, a king with the coroner
No charges were filed against the officer


Laquan Mcdonald was jaywalking
They shot him to the ground, murder without a warning

Alleged that he pulled a knife and tried to rush ’em
The video proved they lied, how disgusting


Mike Brown, the suburbs of Ferguson
Allegedly, a cop drove by, he had words wit’ him

The officer shot him, he did nothing wrong
Why did he have to kill him? The man was unarmed


Nathaniel Pickett, rest heavenly
He was brutally murdered by a sheriff deputy


Oscar Grant, the world knows his name
He was travellin’ and cops grabbed him off the train

Placed him on his knees, laid him on his chest
Then shot him in his back, may he peacefully rest


Philando Castile, traffic stop
He was legally strapped, he informed the cop

The officer got nervous, a murder was committed
Charged with manslaughter but he got acquitted


Quintonio LeGrier called the cops
Three different times, before he got shot

Allegedly, they say he charged at ’em wit’ a bat
But since he made the call, it’s hard to believe that


Rodney King, they beat him wit’ billy clubs
They blame us but the cops are really thugs

The verdict was not guilty, how shifty
That sparked the worst riot seen since the sixties


Sandra Bland, traffic stop
The racial profiling of us has to stop

Three days later, she was hangin’ in a cell
They ruled it a suicide, the truth shall prevail


Terrance Franklin was cornered in a basement
He tried to surrender, got executed by hatred


The U stands for the unknown
Who died by racism, their faces weren’t shown


Victo Larosa, they thought he had one
But after they killed him, they never found a gun


Walter Scott, the world loves you
The cop said he feared for his life in a scuffle

The video proved he lied, revealed facts
He ran for his life, eight shots in his back


Xavier Rovie, he was ridin’ his bike
Point blank rage, they shot him and took his life


Yusef Hawkins was shot down
In 1989, by some racist clowns


Zamiel Crawford was chased to his death
Rammed into a wall, he took his last breath

Zimmerman, I know you think you got away with it
But everyone has karma, yours gon’ be my favorite

Source: Papoose YouTube


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