excessive force


Six year old autistic child showered with bullets by black cops with ‘pattern of excessive force’, no outcry, no big media attention

Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford, claimed they acted in ‘self defense’ as they emptied 18 rounds in a car they claimed tried to run them over, and had an armed driver. The cars showed no signs of being rammed into, there was no gun found in the car.
There was no warrant to arrest the man they shot. The driver was hit twice while he had his hands in the air, the kid was hit five times, he died still buckled in his seat.

Stafford was involved in a 2011 incident, when he was accused of using stun gun on two people who weren’t a threat, and for breaking a teenage girl’s arm while trying to break up a fight on a school bus.

Coincidentally Greenhouse knew Mr. Fey’s fiancé and had sent him a message on social media to ‘leave her alone’. Which might or might not have contributed the harsh treatment.

Silly me for thinking police brutality actually mattered. Why oh why wouldn’t there be an outrage over this? Hmmm…

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She was gunned down in cold blood by Detroit Police Officer Isaac Parrish. 

  • She was at that police officer’s party at his house. 
  • She only knew one person at that party(the person that brought her).
  • The fabricated story the police gave is that she was dancing on the police officer and his gun accidentally went off (from his hip) when she went to hug him. 


  • She was shot in the CHEST but he says his gun was on his waist!
  • They took 25 minutes to call the police in a party with 20+ people
  • The cop that murdered her wasn’t questioned until the day after






Sanford Biggers’ Matter collaborates with the cultural legacy of Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids (1972-84), an animated series created, produced, and hosted by Bill Cosby. Laocoon (Fat Albert) occupies the floor of David Castillo Gallery. The work is rendered in vinyl and lays partially deflated on his generous belly, arms at his sides, rump in the air, and head turned with one ear pressed to the earth. Like Laocoon’s multiple and often contradictory stories from classical literature, the present work speaks to death, character assassination, and a general loss in trust.

Another formidable artwork in Matter constitutes a mounted 10-foot quilt inscribed with the word “MATTER.” The quilt posits a direct connection to the Black Lives Matter movement. The quilt- itself sewn from several antique quilts that signal the role this medium played in antebellum folk art and in Underground Railroad communication networks- lends trans-historical perspective to #blacklivesmatter and the ways in which racism, nationalism, and capitalism have failed that mattering. The materiality of the quilt emphasizes the matter in mattering. Biggers reminds the viewer how terribly powerful it is to have a body, be embodied, be subjected to form. These works also remind us how terribly dangerous that subject-hood and subjectivity are, so intimate and intimately produced by bodies physical, historical, geographical, cultural, semiotic.


This body speaks.

The police kicked Soren’s ass, and boy does he feel bad about it.

5 Apologies to the Cops Who Beat Me Up for No Reason

Not long ago, five LAPD officers came to my apartment in the middle of the night, pinned me to the ground, and handcuffed me, sort of by accident. Before they left, I forgot to get a card or a phone number from them, so instead I’m writing this open letter and hoping they read it.

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Deaf Woman To Get $750,000 For Hellish Ordeal With NYPD

A New York City woman, who is deaf and says NYPD officers wrongfully arrested her and then ignored her pleas for an American Sign Language interpreter, has settled her lawsuit against the city for $750,000, a sum her lawyers say is the largest ever deaf discrimination settlement for a single person.

“Due to the immense barriers they face when trying to communicate with the hearing world, Deaf individuals often find themselves without a voice to assert their rights,” Rozynski and Baum added. “Deaf individuals have rights, and they do not have to tolerate discrimination and injustices of any kind.”

Diana Williams and her husband, Chris Williams, both of whom are deaf, are landlords of a building in Staten Island. On Sept. 11, 2011, when the couple were trying to evict tenants who hadn’t paid rent, the boyfriend of one of the tenants allegedly gestured that he had a gun.

Chris then called for police using a video relay service – which the couple later argued should’ve signified to police that they would need a sign language translator. But when officers arrived on the scene there was no translator, and it was only the tenant and the boyfriend, both of whom can hear, who could communicate their side of the story.

Some deaf tenants in the building later testified that the officers rejected their offers to translate for Williams, who cannot hear, speak English or read lips. Instead, Williams was arrested for allegedly getting into a fight with one of the tenants.

Panicked, Williams attempted to scrawl “HOSPITAL” in the dust on the window of the police cruiser, according to The New York Daily News. She made it to “HOSP.”

Williams was detained for 24 hours, during which a translator was never provided. She was released without charge.

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Police officers don’t like to rack brains. If they deal with unusual situation they prefer to act in a blast-it-all-manner. Cops arrest or assault people whose behavior is alien to them. But it shouldn’t be so, because the profession of police supposes that officers must provide peace and order regardless of what kinds of people they deal with. Things must be changed. Police must be trained to deal with all kinds of situations.