Sister, Sister We Reminisce Over You

Look at your frame, your structure, pride, you won't puncture
Can't get enough of the way you love your family
You'd be damned if we, ever borrowed sugar for a hot cup of tea
How many tears must you cry? ( Dry up)
How many prayers must be said for your kids to get by?
How many time must you fix the break and mend the torn and befriend the lonesome
They say being black is crazy
It's hard to be black, but it's hell to be a black lady

"Sister, Sister" Heavy D 1991

Police brutality has caused many African American families pain and anger. Cell phone footage  features  police officers using excessive force. Millions of people are witnessing black men and women take their last breaths. Mainstream news networks find ways to justify the wrongful actions of these police officers. "Black on Black Crime" is the ultimate scapegoat. Protests and riots are emerging in major cities. Make no mistake "Black Lives Matter." Although there has been less emphasis on the black women that have been victims of police brutality. This barbaric convention of violence remains a narrative of the black experience in America.

Aiyana Stanley-Jones
Age :7
Died: May 16.2010
Detroit, Michigan

Detroit police officer Joseph Weekly, 38 shot and killed the sleeping seven year old Aiyana Stanley-Jones. He used an MP5 submachine gun as he led a SWAT search team into her home. During the trial he claimed he was not aware that his gun had fired or had hit Aiyana in the head as she slept beneath a "Hannah Montana" blanket on the couch with her grandmother. He also claimed that Aiyana's grandmother Mertilla Jones, grabbed for his gun, causing him to pull the trigger. Mertilla denies this account. She insisted that she was reaching for her granddaughter when the flash grenade crashed through the window.

"Detroit Cop Who Killed 7-Year-Old Aiyana Stanley-Jones Walks Free"
Angela Bronner Helm
January 28, 2015

Tanisha Anderson
Age: 37
Died: November 13, 2014
Cleveland, Ohio

In Shaun King's article "Still no Charges for Cleveland Police nearly Seven Months after killing Tanisha Anderson" Anderson's family provides a vivid account of the tragic event. On November 13, 2014 the Anderson family dialed 911 for medical assistance. Tanisha Anderson was disoriented and walked out of her house into the cold, wearing only a nightgown. When the police officers arrived she began to panic. According to Tanisha Anderson's family the she was slammed on the sidewalk and her face hit the pavement. The officer also pressed his knee into her back and handcuffed her.

Tanisha's family asked the police officers to check on her condition, the officers "falsely claimed she was sleeping" and delayed calling for medical assistance. Joell Anderson, Tanisha's brother suggested that she called out for him and their mother. Then an officer used a "Judo" take down move after her head was pressed down repeatedly in the backseat in what resembled a "smothering" manner.

Joell Anderson also said that after his sister hit her head on the concrete, and the officer placed his knee on her back she never opened her eyes or spoke another word.

"Still no Charges for Cleveland Police nearly Seven Months after Killing Tanisha Anderson"
Shaun King

Miriam Carey
Age: 34
Died: October 3, 2013
Washington, D.C.

Miriam Carey was a dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut. She drove to Washington, D.C. with her infant daughter.  A U-turn checkpoint, followed by a car chase, led to secret service agents and capitol police firing 26 bullets at her car, eventually killing Carey. Television news stations and other media outlets reported that she "rammed" White House and "Capitol barriers" and she tried to breach two security perimeters. Those reports have been proven false.

"A Deadly U-Turn: Did Miriam Carey Need to Die After Wrong Car Move at White House

Toni's Thoughts: Unfortunately there are too many black victims of police brutality to name. I wanted to shed light on the black women that have been victims of poor judgment and excessive force. I know many people are tired of hearing about racism and police brutality. My response is simple. Imagine being an African American knowing you are used as target practice.


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