When cops aren't held accountable We're bound to fall To unanswered calls And free for alls In project halls With narrow walls
Fear gets the best of judgement A cop shoots a suspect He gives an explanation Which doesn't pass examination Only exacerbates inflammation Stemming from the police station When they go on patrol To show who's in control And act as rough terrorists As the cuffs tear our wrists
The blood ceases to be red As it gushes from our head It becomes black or white The difference day and night The impulse is to fight But is that right? Will we lose sight And become wrong And sing their song?
Their favorite method for oppression Is unbridled aggression With discriminate discretion Yet we're supposed to be nonviolent? Even when the media has gone silent? Even when a loved one has been maimed? Or framed? They depend on our inaction To continue painful interactions As we look for distractions We build a mental immunity Which gives the cops impunity They think they're getting through to me I just don't want them to shoot so I'll be free I'll tell them what they want to hear When they know violence is my fear They use the mystery of suffering And their long history of cuffing me To manipulate me and get what they want Then on the way to jail they tease and taunt They've numbed themselves to my plight And blinded themselves from my light They hope they'll never see me again After sending me to the state pen
The police get a thrill Out of taking away our agency The police get to **** Despite how much we beg and plead The cops keep making us needlessly bleed Our supposed rights they needlessly read A government system they needlessly feed
I feel rage and impotence In this cage of hypocrites The cops Run a shop Where hammers always look for nails Even if they're minor fails When employment depends on success And ambitions rely on arrests We better wear a vest Because they'll terrorize the public Then open their arms For therein lies the musket That does us harm
The police brutalize While we rue their lies But stay in disguise Because they have the power to destroy us People won't employ us People won't enjoy us Once we're trapped in a lonely cell The police then toy with us Making us feel like we're alone in hell
The police engender a vicious fear Especially when they smell like beer To cover up their tears From what they do to their peers They terrorize We're paralyzed We must teach them to be decent When evidence of their hate is recent The law must be followed But the enforcers are hollow And they bend the law To twist our screws We're stuck in their claws Destined to lose