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Dominic Fike shares his experience of the abuse of power by law enforcement in a call to defund police departments.

Dominic Fike shares his experience of the abuse of power by law enforcement in a call to defund police departments.

In an essay shared today, Dominic Fike has detailed his family's battles with law enforcement; calling out systemic racism and police brutality, and speaking out in support of defunding police departments.

Fike wrote: "My life has felt cursed since I was a little kid. I've watched police, the supposed good guys, beat my mom and take her away. I've had my brothers taken away. Aunts. Uncles. Shit, my dad just got 20. It's like they had a problem with my family. I've since realized the real curse is the system we live in is designed for us to lose, again and again."

And later added: "It's more than just a couple bad cops. Systemic racism and brute, abusive power are issues ingrained into this country, but things can change. Over the last couple weeks, we've seen a spark and we have to act on it. This is a time for us to stand strong and demand justice for the innocent black lives being taken from us – George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arbery and all the names we'll never get to know."

Fike also explained his decision to delay the release of new music, as previously planned, in order to continue the conversation around the abuse of power by police.

Read Fike's full statement below:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

blacklivesmatter.com/defundthepolice

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