Brandon Tate-Brown recorded a video of himself reading original poetry.
Mr. Brandon Tate-Brown, who was shot in the back of the head by a Philadelphia police officer during a traffic stop on December 15th, 2014, was sitting on the couch in mid-September ruffling through the pages of a notebook, reading short pieces of original poetry while being filmed; the video was then posted to Facebook.
Mr. Tate-Brown’s mother, Ms. Tanya Brown-Dickerson and young brother, Juwan Dickerson, when I spoke to them on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City Philadelphia the evening before his funeral, bragged about how entertaining and outgoing the 26 year-old football player was. But after watching the nearly 9 minute video, I, too, can say with confidence, Mr. Tate-Brown was a talented individual who wasn’t the least bit shy.
His wide smile and magnetic personality, coupled with his prior encounter with the criminal justice system, would’ve made him the perfect youth advocate and public figure, which was the direction his career was headed, before his life was cut short by police violence.
“He had dreams… he wanted to accomplish things in life. He wanted to go (back) to college to become a social worker so that teenagers didn’t make the mistake he did,” his mother tells Techbook Online exclusively. “He called me from jail,” she continued, “he asked me: ‘what choices can I make?’ I told him ‘do what you do with the most ease; you’re influential among your friends. If you don’t want your peers to play with guns, they’ll listen.”
With an associates degrees in Behavioral Health Human Services, Ms. Brown-Dickerson, rightfully so, takes full credit for steering her son towards a career involving mentoring, lecturing, overseeing and high levels of engagement with young people.
Though the Philadelphia Police Department and the “lamestream media” was quick to portray Mr. Tate-Brown as anything other than human – highlighting his criminal past as to subtly suggest that attempting to shoot a police officer wouldn’t have been beyond his capabilities – Ms. Brown-Dickerson paints a completely different picture, one of young man who made a mistake in life, served his time, was excited about his future and certainly would never confront a police officer.
“He wasn’t in trouble before he went to jail, and he hasn’t been in trouble since… and that’s why it’s mind blowing. Brandon would always say ‘shut up, let them (police) say what they’re going to say and they’ll leave us alone. He always told his friends not to be confrontational.”
Ms. Brown-Dickerson wants the Philadelphia Police Department to “prove what they say with footage.” Until that happens, the best footage of Brandon Tate-Brown that the public can see, and should see, is that of him reading his original poetry.
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