Where Is Hope?

Stop Police Brutality And Profiling
Against People With Disabilities


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Posted by et34888 on September 4, 2015 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Where Is Hope: The Art Of Murder Help Resource Page

Organize Screenings & Forums In Your Area

a. Go to "Where Is Hope" website (HTTP://WWW.WHEREISHOPE.WEBS.COM) to read about the project & look at the film trailer, if you are still excited about doing a forum/screening


b. Download ANY IMAGES OR INFO as needed from our Press Package and Study Guide on

this site....


CALLS.....Talk to other activists in the area of disability and police brutality to see if there is

support in your area for an open forum/screening.

d. What we did in the San Francisco Bay Area was to connect with local orgs that we have

relationships with like Berkeley Copwatch, libraries, community base media and cultural venues

and asked them are they willing to host, do media and also collaborate with our open

forums/screenings (Most venues we approach were free just to keep the coast down).

e. Make your Rough Draft press release with the co-sponsors names on it (fill in date, times and

place after you know which venues are open to collaborate or be a sponsor). Take a look at our

press release to use as an example if you like.

f. Discuss time, day and date, tech needs, accessibility with the venue and make an appointment

to see the venue.

g. When the co-sponsor, venue, time and date are nailed down, then you can start making a

Facebook event page and start emailing press releases or packets (by Snail Mail and email) to the


h. Two weeks before the event make sure you know how to show the movie (online) as well as

the venue's ability to show film from online source. DO A TEST BROADCAST AS SOON AS

POSSIBLE with the venue who must have a computer, Projector, Screen or Large TV and a

good wifi connection.

i. Make sure you know in details of how the event will go. Write a set program to guide you.

(Example) Who will introduce the film? Do you want to show the movie first? How would you

maintain control of the open forum? Will there be a facilitator or Host? Will you video tape it?

(Plan that ahead of time with your videographer/Photographer...(We would like some

images/Video for our website and youtube channel if available). Will you have surveys for

participants to fill out ANONYMOUSLY? (We can help with an example of a survey sheet).

Will you have a sign up sheet? Will you provide a table for information for participants to take

home? These are just some things to think about in your organizing your Screening/Forum. You

can also just do a screening or a Forum only. There are lots of ways to help spread the word and

participate. Every little bit helps our cause. BE CREATIVE (You can even do events for an

online screening and everyone can discuss in an online forum or chat (Youtube is great for this).

For additional guidance please feel free to contact us.

j. On the day of the event get to the venue early. At least an hour prior to start time to set up and

do another test on tech like computers, microphones, projector, wifi,etc. Set up info table and

arrange chairs,etc for how the room will look. Assign someone as the official Greeter to

facilitate getting people into the seating and comfortable.

k. These are some basic guidelines. You will add any other requirements for your event. GOOD

LUCK. Let us know how your event went by contacting us here after you have successfully

completed your event..


STUDY GUIDE - Where Is Hope Articles, Intertviews, etc

Posted by et34888 on September 4, 2015 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Where Is Hope Study: The Art Of Murder’s (Online Film Documentary) Guide

Interview audio/Video/written links

1) Disability Community Against Police Terror http://uaptsd.org/campaigns/disabilitycommunityagainstpoliceterror/

2) Wanda Sabir Pics Blogtalk Radio: Emmitt Thrower is a disabled retired NYC Police Officer and a Stroke Survivor. He is also the Founder and President of Wabi Sabi Productions Inc., a small community based Non Profit Company (Tax Exempt 501 c3) founded in 2005 in New York City. Its mission is to use the arts to address social issues and develop our communities and youth in positive ways. Wabi Sabi has produced theatrical events, musical events, digital films and short documentaries about issues impacting upon social, political or health issues affecting under served communities and youth. Where Is Hope? is a collaboration with Poet/Activist Leroy Moore (The Black Kripple) Founder of Krip Hop Nation. Leroy Moore is a Black writer, artist, hip-hop\music lover, community activist and feminist with a physical disability. He has always been a strong voice in action and words against Police Brutality and in particular as it relates to people with disabilities.

LINK: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wandas-picks/2015/04/08/wandas-picks-radio-show- prison-stories--mumia-abu-jamal-frank-morgan

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN8vL_yU6iQ

3) Audio interview/Written resources: Leroy Moore on Letters & Politics on KPFA 94.1FM About Police Brutality Against People W/Disabilities Leroy - Posted on 19 September 2013

LINK: http://poormagazine.org/node/4908

4) Pushing Limits On KPFA 94.1 FM Berkeley, CA

Brown Broken Disabled Bodies: Stories & Cases ofPolice Brutality from Boston, Denver, Toronoto,Chicago and San Francisco. Guests: Allegra “Happy" Haynes, City Liaison of Denver, Elizabeth Bruckmann of Parkdale Community Legal Services of Toronto, Keith Jones of SoulTouchin’ Experiences, Boston, Ruth Pena of Families of the Wrongfully Convicted in Chicago and Malikia Parker of Ella Baker Human Rights Center Oakland. Host: Leroy Moore and Gerald.

LINK: https://kpfa.org/episode/15215/

5) SF Bayview Newspaper: Does the disability community need a documentary on police brutality from a retired disabled Black cop?

March 27, 2015

by Emmitt H Thrower

LINK: http://sfbayview.com/2015/03/does-the-disability-community-need-a-documentary-on- police-brutality-from-a-retired-disabled-black-cop/

5) BlogTalk Radio The Sunday Show guest Leroy Moore

Leroy Moore, champion of disabilities and performance artist / poet joins us to recount the year

in making a community and political difference in his world! Join us ! Gwendolyn H. Barry / RoundTree7.com & Daughters of Isis with co-host Jack Jodell / Saturday Afternoon Post for interviews and round table discussions with indy media makers on the challenges and crisis we face in restoring a just community ethic and human morality ... local and global. Every Sunday at 6pm eastern LINK:http://www.blogtalkradio.com/here-be-monsters/2013/09/29/the-sunday-show-1

6) Interview with Leroy Moore

LINK: https://disabilityrightnow.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/interview-with-leroy-moore-2/ 7) Police Violence and People with Disabilities

Author: Thomas C. Weiss

Subject Category: Editorials

Publish Date: Disabled World - Sep 01, 2013 | Updated: Sep 01, 2013 Author Contact Information: Thomas Weiss+

LINK: http://www.disabled-world.com/editorials/cops.php

8) When Cops Criminalize the Disabled

LINK: http://www.thenation.com/article/175561/when-cops-criminalize-disabled#

9) Latest Krip-Hop Compilation Addresses Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities

LINK: http://www.amoeba.com/blog/2012/06/jamoeblog/latest-krip-hop-compilation-addresses- police-brutality-against-people-with-disabilities.html

10) IDRISS STELLEY FOUNDATION LINKhttp://mysite.verizon.net/vzeo9ewi/idrissstelleyfoundation/

11) Video: Rochester, NY Police officers Assault Disabled Man in Motorized Wheelchair LINK: http://www.copblock.org/31222/rochester-ny-police-officers-assault-disabled-man-in- motorized-wheelchair/

12) Video: Police use Taser on deaf crime victim

LIINK: http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/crime-law/police-use-taser-deaf-crime- victim/nP9mZ/

13) D Center, SDC host police brutality workshop LINK:http://dailyuw.com/archive/2013/05/12/news/d-center-sdc-host-police-brutality- workshop#.Ujuy-SSoXOt

14) Malcolm X Grassroots Center/

Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of 120 Black People LINK: http://mxgm.org/against-and-beyond-police-brutality/

15) Occupying Disability: Critical Approaches to Community, Justice, and Decolonizing Disability 2016 Publisher: Springer

Editors: Block, P., Kasnitz, D., Nishida, A., Pollard, N. (Eds.)

This book explores the concept of "occupation" in disability well beyond traditional clinical formulations of disability: it considers disability not in terms of pathology or impairment, but as a range of unique social identities and experiences that are shaped by visible or invisible diagnoses/impairments, socio-cultural perceptions and environmental barriers and offers innovative ideas on how to apply theoretical training to real world contexts. Inspired by disability justice and “Disability Occupy Wall Street / Decolonize Disability” movements in the US and related movements abroad, this book builds on politically engaged critical approaches to disability that intersect occupational therapy, disability studies and anthropology. "Occupying Disability" will provide a discursive space where the concepts of disability, culture and occupation meet critical theory, activism and the creative arts. The concept of “occupation” is intentionally a moving target in this book. Some chapters discuss occupying spaces as a form of protest or alternatively, protesting against territorial occupations. Others present occupations as framed or problematized within the fields of occupational therapy and occupational science and anthropology as engagement in meaningful activities. The contributing authors come from a variety of professional, academic and activist backgrounds to include perspectives from theory, practice and experiences of disability. Emergent themes include: all the permutations of the concept of "occupy," disability justice/decolonization, marginalization and minoritization, technology, struggle, creativity and change. This book will engage clinicians, social scientists, activists and artists in dialogues about disability as a theoretical construct and lived experience. LINK: ((?)

16) Latest Krip-Hop Compilation Addresses Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities


LINK: http://www.amoeba.com/blog/2012/06/jamoeblog/latest-krip-hop-compilation-addresses- police-brutality-against-people-with-disabilities.html

17) Music Video. This is a Musical Documentary created by Emmitt Thrower, Wabi Sabi Productions based on the Song and actual case of Reginald Neli Latson. The song "FREE NELI LATSON" was created by Kaya and Doug

LINK: https://youtu.be/suie9JQXsbM

18) Video. Trailer for the online documentary Where is Hope: The Art of Murder Directed by Emmitt H Thrower and Produced by Wabi Sabi Productions Inc. To be released online Mid to late Oct 2015 on the "Where Is Hope" Youtube channel.


19) Video: Event hosted by Hip Hop Congress at UC Riverside in California. He gave a fantastic presentation on police brutality.Leroy Franklin Moore Jr is founder of Krip Hop. He started from a Myspace page and Krip Hop grew from that. Krip Hop is an organization of disabled musicians worldwide that tell their stories through hip hop.

LINK: https://youtu.be/8o3KysB0CqM

20) Where Is Hope: Police Brutality and Profiling Against People With Disabilities LINK: http://whereishope.webs.com

Police Brutality's Hidden Victims: The Disabled

Posted by et34888 on February 14, 2015 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)



The Daily Beast

 Elizabeth Heidem






Police Brutality's Hidden Victims: The Disabled

Fifteen percent of all 911 calls involve a person with a physical or mental disability. For these people, unnecessary police violence is an all too frequent reality.

The recent tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, has all-too-painfully illustrated the real and deadly effects that police response can have on a community. For people with disabilities—more than 63 million of them in the U.S.—the threat is all too real. It’s estimated that nearly 15 percent of all calls to the police involve a person with mental illness or disability in crisis. And how officers treat these individuals is too often violent.

In an article in The Atlantic, Lawrence Carter-Long and David M. Perry chronicle several tragic instances of people with disabilities victimized by the police: individuals with cerebral palsy forcibly arrested because officers thought they were drunk; a deaf man Tasered repeatedly because he couldn’t hear the police. The list is unending, and each case involves police mistaking disability for noncompliance.

The disability community recently crafted the hashtag #DisabilitySolidarity to discuss crucial aspects of life for people with disabilities, specifically for people of color. Countless users tweeted about prejudice, intersectionality, and police discrimination.

While most police officers do receive training on “the special needs population,” the problem is they are trained to defuse situations by issuing commands, such as “Drop that!” and “Get on the ground!” When officers encounter individuals who are unable to follow or understand these commands, like those with mental or physical disabilities, impatient officers can react quickly and forcibly—often with deadly consequences.

In January 2013, these consequences cost Ethan Saylor his life. Saylor, a 26-year-old man with Down syndrome, tried to re-watch a movie in a theater without buying another ticket. As Jeremy Meyer recounts in a Denver Post article, the police were begged to let Saylor’s mother, who was en route, handle the situation herself and peacefully assist Saylor out of the movie theater. Police ignored this advice and instead used brute force to remove Saylor. The young man died on the scene from a crushed larynx after screaming “Mommy, mommy. It hurts.”

“There’s so much I guess law enforcement isn’t aware of sometimes when it comes to people with disabilities,” says Michael Woody, an expert in police training.

Police ignored this advice and instead used brute force to remove Saylor. The young man died on the scene from a crushed larynx after screaming “Mommy, mommy. It hurts.”

The rate mistreatment by police against people with disabilities has reached such a high level, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights held a hearing in April to address the issue. Chaired by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), the bipartisan effort addressed “law enforcement responses to disabled Americans,” exploring best practices and ways of implementing change. Among the talking points during the hearing: how the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 affects police procedure and how exactly the Justice Department can ensure that police around the country are acting in accordance with the federal law.

Michael Woody is president of CIT International, an organization that assists police departments in adopting Crisis Intervention Team training (CIT). Many are hailing CIT as the answer to preventing tragedies like Ethan Saylor’s death. According to the Senate Subcommittee, CIT has been proven to reduce the incarceration rate of individuals with mental illness and disability, as well as reduce injuries and deaths of both vulnerable individuals and the officers responding to the scene.  

Rather than simply issuing commands to an individual in crisis, as police would with basic training, CIT-trained officers ask the individual how and what they’re feeling, as well as what they would need to feel better. “They’re not so quick to game tackle or give commands,” says Woody. The officers address individuals in a soft and calm voice, making sure their body language is open and non-threatening. But most of all, Woody tells The Daily Beast, officers focus on “listening to their story, because they’ve always got a story, or something they want to talk about.”

As the individual in crisis talks it out, they might eventually make eye contact with the CIT officer, ultimately allowing the police to help. The end goal is not to bring anyone to jail, but rather to a health care facility where they can speak to a doctor or therapist and receive any necessary treatment.

Officers receiving CIT training get to know vulnerable members of the community and their families on a good day, when they’re feeling healthy and happy.

However, the true genius of CIT takes place before a 911 call is ever made. As Woody explains, “Officers do not have a realistic view of mental illness because they only get called when a person is in crisis.” And so, officers receiving CIT training get to know vulnerable members of the community and their families on a good day, when they’re feeling healthy and happy. This way, officers develop empathy for people with disabilities and are more likely to handle a future crisis situation with gentleness. 

According to the University of Memphis CIT Center, every state—except for Alabama, Rhode Island, Arkansas, and West Virginia—have at least one county implementing CIT. Still, too many police departments lack the funding and time to adopt the training. On top of that, officers who become CIT-certified do not receive extra pay or any financial incentives, often taking on three times their previous workload after becoming certified. Other times, a county might not have any psychiatric facilities to receive individuals after a crisis, rendering any services a CIT officer might give largely useless.                  

“We want the law enforcement to actually form a partnership with mental health and the advocacy groups,” says Woody. In many communities, this partnership has slowly taken root, but only after needless death like Ethan Saylor’s. As Meyer writes in his article, “The ultimate step for developing an understanding of people with disabilities is the most simple: get to know them. Hire them for jobs, spend time with them, include them in your life.”












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