Julius Givens

Painting by Meg Roy

“My tv still works. I don’t know how. It has a bullet in it.”

Joy cometh in the morning.

“I can’t even go to work — my daughter told me she doesn’t want me to leave the house.”

Joy cometh in the morning.

“Summer hasn’t even started yet.”

Joy cometh…

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Is the neighborhood safe?

Yes, ma’am — everything is ok now.

Thank you for being here, she responds.

Happy Juneteenth!

Happy Juneteenth to you too, officer.

She smiles.

What if I’d told the truth? Lol, is the neighborhood safe?

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Julius Givens

Julius Givens

A Chicago Police Officer committed to the three most important aspects of policing: Public Trust, Police Accountability, and Police Effectiveness.