Friends, Americans, Countrymen (in a non-gender specific, judgment-less way) lend me your ears.
I come to bury the Police, not to praise them. The Evil that some cops do lives after them; The Good by most is oft interred with their bones. So let it be with the Police. The noble protesters hath told you the Police were ambitious. If it were so it was a grievous fault. And grievously would the protesters have the police answer for it. Here, under the leave of the protesters and the rest—For these protesters are honorable people, so are they all honorable people, Come I to speak at their defunding and disbanding. The police were my friends, I once stood among them, they were faithful and just unto the country and their charge. But the protesters say the Police are ambitious. And the protesters are honorable people. The police hath brought many captives off the street Whose deeds did vex the citizens and the land. Did this in the Police seem ambitious? When that the desperate and abandoned hath cried, the Police were there when no others came to help and wiped their tears. Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. Yet the protesters are honorable people. You all did see that on their service, we offered them little in appreciation, let them suffer the demons of their work, pilloried them for being human and prone to human frailties. Yet still they chose to stay, do their duty, and stand on that thin blue line. Was this ambition? Yet the protesters say the police are ambitious And sure, they are honorable people. I speak not to disprove what the protesters spoke, But here I am to speak of what I do know. You all did love them once, not without cause. What cause withholds you then to abandon them? O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts, And people have lost their reason. Bear with me. My heart is in the coffin there with the police, As will all of us should these honorable people have their way And I must pause till reason returns.
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