Memorials (2)

Friday, 03 April 2020 10:20

Tell Me...

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Tell me... Does this look like a dangerous kid that deserved those 13 shots? Does this look like someone that provoked any fear in the hearts of these cops? because that's what they claim.." he had a gun.. we was in the right... he was insane"? Or did they already have their minds made up over what they considered just another troubled brown kid? Was a damn car really that important that he no longer had the right to live?? I'm sure there had to be another way.. but for some reason they decided he wasn't worth the risk. In less than 5 seconds they became the judge jury and executioner.. holding his fate under their trigger fingers and the flick of their wrist. Yes I'm hurt.. angry, and very pissed... He was only 20.. someone's son, brother, uncle, and friend.. he may of been considered a little troubled but those that knew him knows he had so much more to give .. Rest in peace, Jesse. I love u sis -Natalie
Friday, 03 April 2020 10:18

Did You Know My Name?

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Did you know my name, or was my skin the weapon you feared? What did I do to make you take aim? Was my weapon of being brown skin too much for you? Did you even care; or were you just happy you took this brown kid off the streets? I had home, family, friends, but I guess you didn't care, cause you shot me without one single care. You went home to your family while mine had learn to live without me. While you hugged you family tight, mine had to hold onto memories of me because you didn't about my life. You said stop, my hands were up, but you couldn't get past my brown skin. You saw me, I wasn't like you therefore when you shot me it was an accomplishment to you. You saw my weapon, not a gun or knife; but skin and in mind my life had to end. You have a family to go home to while my family has to find a way to live without all because my weapon was better than yours. - Ebony Martin 13 shots...ripped him apart 13 shots...shattered a mother's heart 13 shots...took away her SONshine 13 shots...can't imagine if he was mine 13 shots...that's what he got 13 connecting the dots 13 shots...why so damn many? 13 shots...why did there have to be any? 13 shots...his life was no video game 13 shots...he can't stop, restart and do the same 13 shots...he is gone for real 13 shots...his body will remain lifeless and still 13 shots...I can't understand 13 shots...just a boy, barely a man 13 shots...situation looks grim 13 shots...but we seek justice for him! Here, I have written 13 SHOTS aplenty Some may say it's just too many But this is the message I am trying to convey This child (yes, child) didn't deserve to die this way The killing of Jesse Cedillo was brutal and senseless. Although I did not know this young man personally, I feel as if I know him through his mother whom I have known for some years now from a social site we both frequented. We have written together, laughed, and sometimes cried together. And now my heart truly hurts for her and her family and friends. Someone has to be held accountable for this heinous act of abuse of authority. Let justice for Jesse be swift! Anita Protect and serve, that's what they say. But if that's the case he'd still be here today. Because the same ones that took that oath, are the ones that took his rights away. His right to grow into a man, To become the best version of himself that he can. The right to live and learn the things he didn't yet understand. The right to conquer his demons and sew up the broken seams, The right to chase and accomplish his dreams!! He was just a kid, not as troubled as y'all like to say, Though lost and trying to find his way. He needed guidance, someone to reach out and say they were there, He needed a chance, to know somebody cared. He died that day, scared. 13 shots.....thirteen!!!! By one cop!!!! Three similar cases in one month alone, when will it stop?? Protect and serve, that's what they say, The same ones that took his life away. They robbed him of a future that could have been bright, What they did, it just wasn't right!! His hands were up, he wasn't armed, So why was he so brutally harmed?? 13 shots....thirteen!! From one!!! And you're telling me nothing can be done?? That's a reality I refuse to accept.... This was a young life that could have been kept!! And under a rug it will not be swept!! 13 shots, one to the head.... And they refused help before he was even dead!! They sat there and they watched him die, They didn't even try!!!! Protect and serve, that's what they say, The same ones that sat there and watched him fade away!! We refuse to do the same!! We will make sure there is a face to his name!! Cops complain about the stigma attached to them, well, who's the ones to blame?? You take an oath you don't stand behind, so why are you complaining?? All the wasted money that's gone into your training?? You are not trained to KILL!! This is a problem and it's REAL!! And we're speaking up because if we don't, who will?? Protect and serve, it's time you do what you say.... Let justice be served for the life you took away!!!! By Brandie