NOTHING TO SEE HERE
Late afternoon, 1300 block
of North Rural, summer shadows
stretching across curbed sidewalks,
Gawkers and young kids skulk
to peek, and whisper behind
their hands to each other.
and choked cries
clot the air.
An officer's shout moves everyone back
a few feet, more than needed
to get out of the way.
Someone says two speeding cars
shot at each other.
The news later said he was only thirteen.
In the moment, no one could tell
how old he was.
When he was gone, the crowd pushed back
beyond the tape, stared while the officer
stood over a torn and bloodied
Gerald So reads "Nothing to See Here":
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C.J. confesses: "There are many images that stay with you after more than ten years as a police officer. For me, one of the most vivid is what I saw when I responded to a person shot one summer afternoon in Indianapolis, and found a thirteen year old boy lying on the sidewalk with a bullet wound to his head. I stood over his bloody clothing until it was recovered by the Crime Lab, and didn’t leave the crime scene until late that night."