Project Update: Race, Money, and Power

by annabelle - June 21, 2016

White Silence KillsIn the past few months since the website launched, we’ve been pretty quiet. That’s because we’ve spent more of that time listening than speaking, more energy reflecting and learning than creating.  Until this post, we’ve written almost nothing about our intentions for and thoughts about the project. We wanted Behind the Blue Line to stand on its own with little commentary to distract from our participants’ words. We’d like to take this blog post as an opportunity to bring transparency to that process and share some updates.

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The Stories Mike Freeman Didn’t Share

by erica - April 4, 2016

Blog Post PicIt felt somewhat ironic that the day we announced our launch party for this project was the same day that Mike Freeman announced he would not be charging the police officers involved in the Jamar Clark shooting. Mike Freeman presented a wealth of evidence defending his decision, yet he made virtually no mention of testimonies from the 20 witnesses that were on the scene. Rather, he focused almost exclusively on the testimonies of the police officers and the paramedic. What he did share from the experience of Jamar’s alleged girlfriend, RayAnn Hayes ended up completely contradicting her initial testimony and her later interview with WCCO.

Why did Freeman so heavily base his findings on police testimonies and ignore those of the witnesses? Why did he so blatantly ignore that of RayAnn Hayes?

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