Cries of the lost: Ferguson political prisoner speaks

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“I speak to the cops across the world when I say how would you feel seeing your people lying dead in the street with bullets all in their body, knowing you watched that person grow up and you might have changed their Pampers.” Joshua Lamar Williams has been a political prisoner at Missouri Eastern Correctional since 2014, when he was arrested during the months-long Ferguson Uprising protesting unchecked police murder. – Photo: Jess Roberson

by Joshua Lamar Williams, Ferguson Uprising Political Prisoner


Age: 26 

Location: Prison

For those who lost their loved ones to the hands of cops – I feel your pain. For those who cry those tears of pain – I see your tears. I know some nights it feels like you don’t want to go on without that person in your life. Well, I’m here to say you got this. 

I know it might hurt. Not might – I know it does hurt, losing somebody you loved or even birthed. 

I’m here speaking from my heart because right now it cries out for justice for the families who suffer that pain. I’ll stand and fight with you. This is not just any fight. This is a personal fight. 

I say that because every bullet that struck your loved ones sent a message to you from the cop that did it, saying he or she don’t give two fucks, and that fatal shot said they want war. So I say we bring it to them.

I speak to the cops across the world when I say how would you feel seeing your people lying dead in the street with bullets all in their body, knowing you watched that person grow up and you might have changed their Pampers. 

I’m saying it doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t feel good walking down that church walk to see your baby laying cold in a casket. You can’t hold them, laugh with them. It’s not going to keep happening at all. 

How can y’all cops sleep at night knowing y’all killed a kid – a 12-year-old kid at that? If you don’t remember his name, here it is: TAMIR RICE. How y’all going to kill a teen going home from the store with a black hoodie on. If you don’t remember his name. Here it is: TRAYVON MARTIN. 

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Joshua is expected to be released this December – and he’ll come out back in the streets, with no brakes.

What about the two people who yelled they can’t breathe? I know you cops remember them. I do: GEORGE FLOYD and ERIC GARNER. I say rest in power and peace to all the soldiers who died from the hands of police. 

The police have all that blood on their hands and their family’s hands. They can’t wash it off. 

I want to say this to all the families that lost somebody due to police. I’m sorry you had to go through this but be strong. I know you heard that so much, it’s like – how strong can I be? I know it’s a lot and it is a long fight, but I’ll be here with you. 

Thank you for your fight, thank you for your strength that you show each and every day. I sit in prison and think of ways to fight harder for you all every day and when I get out at the end of this year, Dec. 5, I’m going to take the fight directly to the streets again. It’s no brakes on this fight, just gas. Love y’all.

You can comment on this speech if you like and if you have any personal stories of your own and would like to write me about something the police did to you or your loved one, send them to me. Thanks to all my supporters. This could not happen without y’all, everybody across the globe. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Send our brother some love and light: Joshua Williams, #1292002, Potosi Correctional Center, 11593 State Highway O, Mineral Point, MO 63660.