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Archiving The Remembrance Archive II
2016

This video was made after the 50th portrait of men and women killed by police, shortly after the 100th day of the Remembrance Archive. I wanted to pause at this point and look back on their faces before continuing. The people drawn here are range from age 7-70. They are mothers, grandmothers, grandchildren, children, fathers, sons, cousins, friends. The only connection they have to one another is that they died at the hands of police. Some of their families have received a modicum of justice, but most have not. Their deaths happened after traffic stops, mental breakdowns, petty theft, and, sometimes, by accident. It is disheartening to read hundreds of stories that start small and escalate to the point of death. It’s exhausting when initial police reports are questioned or disproven, and there is still no indictment. This should go without saying, but it’s important to remember that they had full lives like you and me and they didn’t want to be a part of this group.