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Sign at Tyre Nichols protest at the Ohio Statehouse
Photo by Becker1999 (CC BY 2.0)

Taken, a life shortened by violence.
Yanked from the car like a feral intruder,
Repeatedly stricken by heartless policemen,
Eager to beat him without a just cause.

Never to see his loved ones again,
Insisting he didn’t present a threat,
Calling his mother in pain and anguish.
How can the law keeper be so lawless?
Openly killing an unarmed man.
Let us keep praying for justice and peace,
Stopping this violence that plagues our land.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned.

M. Yayah Sandi is a writer incarcerated in New Jersey. He requested that his first name be withheld.