Tuesday, August 11, 2015

"#LastWords: A Tribute to Men Killed by Police": A project by Shirin-Banou Barghi



Shirin-Banou Barghi created this series of graphics dedicated to those killed by police officers.

kenneth-chamberlain-2-shirin-barghiShe pushed out a back door and ran into the darkness beneath overarching oaks. He lay on the floor near his kitchen, two bullet holes in his chest, blood pooling thick, dying. -mobile.nytimes.com 
sean_bell_shirin_barghi_last_wordsAt one point, Guzman says, he spoke to Sean Bell and said, “S, I love you, son.” He says Bell said, “I love you too.” Then Guzman says Bell “stopped moving.” –abclocal.go.com   oscar_grant_shirin_barghi_last_wordsMehserle testified that he meant to zap Grant with his Taser in an Oakland station – but instead pulled his .40 caliber handgun and blasted the man. -newyorkdailynews.com   trayvon_martin_shirin_barghi_last_words“A man was watching him,” said Rachel Jeantel, 19, who was on the phone with Martin just before he was fatally shot. “He said the man kept watching him. He kept complaining that a man was just watching him.” -cnn.com   michael_brown_2-shirin-barghiThe officer demanded that the two “get the f—k on the sidewalk, Johnson says. “His exact words were get the f—k on the sidewalk.” -gawker.com   kimani_gray_shirin_barghi_last_wordsNew York City police officers shot and killed 16-year-old Kimani Gray in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. -afreesociety.org   kendrec_mcdade_shirin_barghi_last_wordsThey said they thought McDade was armed because … he clutched his waste band as they chased him onto a dimly lit neighborhood street. -pasadenastarnews.com   jonathan_ferrell_shirin_barghi_last_wordsJonathan never had an opportunity to reply. He had bullets in him before he could ever hit the ground. So there was not sufficient warning. No one ever told him to stop. He didn’t have time to react. -huffingtonpost.com   john-crawford-2-shirin-barghiHe was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were. And the next thing I know, he said ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him. And I could hear him just crying and screaming. I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human. -msnbc.com   eric-garner-2-shirin-barghiThe medical examiner’s office later ruled Garner’s death a homicide, caused by the officer’s chokehold as well chest and neck compressions and prone positioning “during physical restraint by police.” -newyork.nbclocal.com   amadou_diallo_shirin_barghi_last_wordsDiallo was shot outside his Bronx apartment. The police officers had mistaken him for a serial rapist, who was later apprehended. -pri.org   last-words“The newly released cell phone footage undermines the statement, showing Powell approaching the cops, but not coming as close as was reported, with his hands at his side. The officers began shooting within 15 seconds of their arrival, hitting Powell with a barrage of bullets.” –http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5694224     All images used with permission.   Journalist. Photographer. Filmmaker. Shirin-Banou Barghi created this project after recent events reminded her of the 2009 uprising in Iran and the violent police crackdown against opposition supporters.   See the full project at Shirin-Banou Barghi’s Facebook or Shirin-Banou-Barghi’s Imgur.
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