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SUMMER POLICE ACTIVITY ON CHICAGO AVE.

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1.

If this ain’t “Chiraq”
Then how do you explain tanks
Parked on Chicago?

2.

Angry drug dealers
Watching from across the street
Were inconvenienced

3.

With his phone in hand
This kid kept shouting, “World Star!”
While he “filmed” the raid

4.

It’s not “mob action”
Until they tell us to leave
And we don’t comply.

5.

Citizens can watch
The police doing their jobs
From a “safe distance”

6.

The neighborhood watched
Chicago and St. Louis
Being occupied.

7.

Cops serve and protect
Systematic racism
In lieu of justice.

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8.

Caro watched the cops
Pull up outside her office
Wondering, “What’s up?!”

9.

Were they here for her?!
She watched and waited for them
To state their business

10.

The cops went next door.
Domestic situation
“Needed” five squad cars

11.

While the cops watched us
Watching them, they asked questions
Attempting small talk

12.

The cop smiled and asked,
“You work in the barber shop?”
All I said was, “No.”

13.

Summer in the hood
Makes police activity
A “spectator sport”


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