April 2015 PAD – Day 14: Unthinkable

On April 14th 1865 President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. On this day in 1912 the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg shortly before midnight and sank a few hours later. Over 1500 people died, 700 survived. In 1934 former NYPD Detective Frank Serpico was born. Serpico refused to accept bribes and “cream-off” money. He investigated the department’s corruption undercover and subsequently testified against his fellow officers and senior members of the force.

Unthinkable

 
To murder the man who gave so many freedom
to take the Father of the Nation away from his children

To encounter disaster and let so many die
floundering in indecision, fiddling like Nero

To stand up for what is right, to serve and protect
and find it all to be vain, that nothing has changed

To march and sit-in and stand by the oppressed
to see new forms of oppression replacing the old

To love a nation and yet hate a single so much
that slander, venom and violence fill the mind

To preach love and equality, quoting scripture
denying love to others twisting religious verse

To so capture the imagination of the movie goer
telling a tale a dozen ways, all to end the same

 

Iain

 

Articles written by Frank Serpico about corruption and police shootings
can be read here:http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/the-police-are-still-out-of-control-112160.html#.VSzzS_mUeSo

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/04/north-charleston-shooting-116871.html#.VSzuevmUeSo

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