JACOB BLAKE

stepping into the car that holds his children . . .

under what circumstances would shooting a man in the back eight times at close range be a reasonable action for a police officer?

are men in uniform not held responsible?

silence

the long whir of the fan

into the night

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Researchers have collected stats about police shootings in the United States. The hundreds of people killed by police each year (many unarmed) and the disproportionate number of black victims is troubling.

Here are two informative links:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/protests-spread-over-police-shootings-police-promised-reforms-every-year-they-still-shoot-nearly-1000-people/2020/06/08/5c204f0c-a67c-11ea-b473-04905b1af82b_story.html

Report of Police Integrity Research Group, Bowling Green State University

dripping leaves – – haiku

dripping leaves . . .

a muted insect chorus

after the rain

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Haikai Challenge #152 – – Katydid

We have a multi-layered chorus outside our door, including not only katydids, but also crickets, grasshoppers, cicadas, frogs, and birds near and far. The chorus ebbs and flows with changing intensities and participants. Below is a photo of a katydid I spotted one day in August 2015:

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