On Monday, when the Justice Department released its report recommending changes in the Philadelphia Police Department’s use of deadly force policies, I thought of the first time I saw police brutality.
I was 24, my parents had just divorced, and I’d only recently moved to North Philadelphia from West Oak Lane.
As a child who’d spent his life in a working class neighborhood prior to moving to a place where poverty was more prevalent, I’d never before had reason to fear the police.
But on that day, as my brother and I started down from a third floor window, I just learned what it meant to be black in a poor community. I learned what it meant to be vulnerable.
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