This poem was inspired by the book “The Hate U Give”, by Angie Thomas. The speaker in the poem is a concerned person who thinks Khalil should have justice and to have justice for every person that got killed by an officer.



Why did you kill khalil

Was it because his melanin skin

Or was it because you thought he was reaching for something


Why did you kill khalil

How would you feel if somebody took your child from you

How do you sleep at night knowing you killed an innocent person


Why did you kill khalil

Don’t you think all of this could’ve been avoided

Don’t you think he just wanted to go home


Why did you kill khalil

Not one not two but three shots fired

You killed him

Don’t you know you’re wrong


Why did you kill khalil

Yes he sold drugs but is that all you know

Did you know his grandmother is sick and can’t work

Did you know his mother was on drugs so he had no choice but to do what he could


Why did you kill khalil

Was him selling drugs your excuse for killing him

Was him being black an excuse for killing him

Was him checking on Starr your excuse for killing him


You shouldn’t have an excuse

You shouldn’t be able to walk the streets anymore

You shouldn’t be able to keep your job


What happened to good cops

Aren’t you supposed to protect people from danger

You abused  your power to protect……why

Because you know you’ll get away with it


Forever and always you’ll be Officer One-Fifteen

But in the “HOOD” you’ll always be known as….

                         KHALIL’S KILLER

CC BY-SA 4.0 Why did you kill Khalil? by Tijaye is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

  1. Roz 12 months ago

    Powerful poem! Interesting how your questions question the killers motives. It also lets the shooter know how he will be thought about quite differently than he thinks of himself long after he’s gone from ‘the hood.’ the structure of the poem is excellent. looking forward to reading more of your poetry.

  2. Pam 12 months ago

    I like your poem? Repetition of Why you killed Khalil and the ending line, he’s still living his life as officer 1-15, but to those that want to know why, he will remain, Khalil’s Killer!

  3. Gogisgksoquili 12 months ago

    I love your poem! I like the repetition in it, too. Also liked the way you were questioning whoever Khalil was talking to.

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