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Paul Castaway and a mother’s grief

DENVER, COLORADO- On July 19th 2015, I met the Mother of Paul Castaway, a young native American man who was shot four times by the Denver Police Department and died of those fatal shots. At the memorial service she saw me sitting there watching her, she quietly walked up and held out her hand and ask me my name, then in a very soft and quiet voice she said "Thank You, for coming" With her eyes and slow movement of her step you could see the weight of her grief. I was stunned into silence. [Paul Castaway's Mother and the memorial for her son, killed by the Denver Police Department one week ago on July 13th 2015.] When we arrived at the memorial site, she knelt down in prayer placing flowers there. I started to reach for my camera, and then I heard her first quiet sob. I was frozen in place as I listen to her sobbing, a mother's grief for a lost son that only she can suffer alone. There would be no clicking of the camera in this moment of sorrow. Earlier in the day I had been to a support the police rally in the Civic Center Park, I was there as part of a group of counter demonstrators. The police support group were very loud and unyielding in their support for their police Department. As I sat listening to the Mother quietly sobbing for her lost son, I wondered; If those police supporters could hear this Mother's grief, if they could see her tears; would they still fell the same about their blind support of the Denver Police Department. [The police protecting their KILLER COPS supporters from peace activists.]

In killing Native American, the Denver police bit off more than they can chew.

DENVER, COLORADO- Denver police have shown they can kill with impunity, be they black lives or latino. But the latest officer-involved murder of a Lakota man brought the American Indian Movement into the street and that's an escalation no council of ministers can reverse. When police victim Paul Castaway asked his killers "What's wrong with you?" he was echoing the entire Denver community exasperation as officers continue to murder unarmed men and women of color, as if outrage over police brutality isn't on everyone's lips already.

“What’s wrong with you guys?” asks mentally ill man as police murder him.

DENVER, COLORADO- Native American Paul Castaway was having a schizophrenic episode when his mother called the Denver police for assistance. Castaway held a knife to his own neck as he tried to hold off the officers but they shot him anyway. As DPD cuffed the dying 35-year-old, Castaway spoke for everyone when he asked "what's wrong with you guys?!"

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