It is said

Jamar Clark. 20 years old, shot in the head
by a Minneapolis police officer
in North Minneapolis
early on a Sunday morning.

“Jamar Clark was murdered, execution style,”
it is said.
by the NAACP.

There was a party.
Police were called.
Or paramedics. Or both.

Paramedics assisted Jamar’s girlfriend
who had been assaulted.
By him,
it is said.
It is said.
It is said.

He tried to interfere,
it is said.
paramedics called for help,
it is said.

He backed away,
it is said.
Police pulled him away,
it is said.

(I say, you say, he/she/it says)

Police officers threw him to the ground,
it is said.
He struggled,
it is said.
A physical altercation,
it is said.
Police handcuffed him,
it is said.
It is said.
It is said.

(We say, you say, they say.)

“They cuffed him hand in hand
and they slapped that man down.”
It is said
by Nekilia Sharp.
who was there.

“When he looked up,
the only thing he could say was
‘F you. F you.'”
It is said
by Nekilia Sharp,
who was there.

Police shot him.
This is fact.
In the head.
This is fact.
He died.
This is fact.

“Y’all just killed that man!”
It is said,
by a witness on the scene.

“He was just laying there.”
It is said
by Teto Wilson,
who was there.

“Two officers were surrounding the victim on the ground.”
It is said
by Teto Wilson,
who was there.

“An officer maneuvered his body around
to shield Jamar’s body,
and I heard the shot go off.”
It is said
by Teto Wilson,
who was there.

Cops pushed the watching crowd away.
It is said
By people who were there.

Cops pepper sprayed people who were watching.
It is said.
by people who were there.

The police department’s preliminary information
is that he was not handcuffed.
It is said
by the chief of police,
who was not there.

The officers are on paid leave.
That is routine.
It is said
by the police spokesperson,
who was not there.

Shooting an unarmed young black man
is also routine
for cops in America.

Justice for Jamar:
It is said
on Facebook
on Twitter
in the streets.
It is said
occupying the 4th precinct
kneeling in the highway
marching on city hall.

Justice for Jamar:
It is said
by the NAACP
by Black Lives Matter
by the people
by the people, united,
in rage and grief.

Justice for Jamar:
It is said
by people who were there,
perhaps dozens;
by people in the streets,
perhaps thousands;
by people across the country,
perhaps millions.

Justice for Jamar:
we say.
And the power of our saying
bounces echoes from
the canyons of freeway underpasses
to the walls of police precincts
to BBC and NBC and all-BC.
The power of our saying
echoes across the world
and back
to the streets
and precincts
and cells
and hospitals
where we demand
justice.

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