Last week, Killer Mike published a short essay to Instagram begging for humanity in the wake of the death of Missouri teenager Michael Brown. Today, conflict and protest in the town of Ferguson, Missouri wages on and the Atlanta-based Run the Jewels rapper has again taken up the pen to address this situation. In an op-ed on Billboard, Mike again seeks to inspire empathy with the events in the town saying that “whatever this country is willing to do to the least of us, it will one day do to us all.” His tone throughout is definitive.
“Being a cop is often seeing the worst of the human condition and behavior,” he says. “With all of that said, there is no reason that Mike Brown and also Eric Garner are dead today — except bad policing, excessive force and the hunt-and-capture-prey mentality many thrill-seeking cops have adapted.”
Garner, of course, was the 350-pound 43-year-old asthmatic man who died on July 17 in Staten Island after a police officer put him in an illegal chokehold during a questionable detainment (he’d broken up a fight that drew NYPD attention). And if those two avoidable tragedies weren’t enough, the politically minded rapper also has to take time to denounce the ongoing clashes between police and protesters.
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