Prints from four of my #ArttoEndViolence pieces are included in Viral: RK25. The show, opening Saturday, April 9, 2016, features artwork that documents police brutality in the 25 years since Rodney King.
The Durón Gallery Space, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd. Venice, CA.
On March 9, 2013, Kimani Gray was shot and killed by two plainclothes police officers. Kimani, affectionately called Kiki, was struck by seven bullets, three of which entered through his back. He was heard to cry the words, “don’t let me die.”
Controversy surrounding the event led to mini riots in New York neighborhoods and highlighted the growing tension between African American communities and law enforcement in the US.
There is no database for crimes committed by law enforcement against the people. This lack of data echoes Jim Crow, for it is the very function of government to ensure the safety of all its citizens. There is no oversight. The very agencies that may have committed crimes against American communities are solely responsible for the investigation and reporting of such crimes.
No indictment was made after the shooting of Kimani Gray.
He was 16 years old. This occurred in Brooklyn, New York.
Hands up. Don’t shoot.