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Activist Communique: Call out for new documentary -- 'People with disabilities and police brutality'

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Do you have a story for the new documentary: "People with disabilities and Police Brutality"

Here are the deets:

A documentary about police brutality against people with disabilities nationwide is in the works. Leroy Moore of Krip-Hop Nation and DJ Quad of 5th Battalion, both out of California, are producing this project in tandem with another project about police brutality.

Leroy and DJ Quad will be producing a musical hip hop mixtape featuring hip hop artists with disabilities, many of whom have been victims of police brutality.

The KRIP HOP project will involve hip hop artists with disabilities nationwide contributing to the creation of the mixtape. The project is entitled, "Broken Bodies: Police Brutality Profiling."

Wabi Sabi Productions Inc., by Producer-Director-Digital Media Producer Emmitt Thrower out of New York City, will produce the documentary portion. That portion will feature interviews with many of the artists with disabilities nationwide who will be participating in the creation of the musical mixtape. Once completed, the documentary and the mixtape will send a strong statement to police departments nationwide to deal with the issue and bring awareness of the problem to a larger community.

One interesting fact about the documentary project is that it is being created by a former New York City police officer who is himself disabled. This brings a unique perspective to the documentary that would be difficult to label as unfair or one-sided. What is discovered or revealed in the interviews and investigations will expose whatever it exposes. The producer makes no preconceived notions about what the outcome of the story will be, nor does he attempt to slant it in any manner.

To make it happen, we will be attempting to get organizations and companies to support our efforts as best they can through financial or other support to help make the documentary happen. We also are looking for disabled victims of police brutality nationwide and especially in the New York City area, or at least within driving distance of the city, for live interviews. But all are welcome to respond as this is a national issue and we want to represent that.

If interested in participating with your story or helping to get other organizations or companies involved, please submit a notice of interest to me at the email listed below.

Please answer the following in your email request:

• Explain who you are and where and when the police brutality incident, or near incident, took place? What was the nature of the brutality against you (physical, verbal, etc.)? Do you believe race was a factor in the brutality or your disability or both? Were there witnesses and are they willing to speak on camera or by telephone? Are you willing to be up-front and truthful in your depiction of the story?

• Do you have any records of the brutality incident that you have access to? Do you know of any videos etc. that may have captured the incident? Are there any hospital or doctor's records, lawsuits settled or ongoing, police reports or investigations, newspaper or other written articles in print or online? Are there any other documents or items that may be helpful in validating your claim of police brutality? Are their pictures or videos of the incident or after the incident? Is there any video or written report of you in relation to the incident available?

• Would you be willing to sign a release to allow Wabi Sabi Productions to use any images, video, sound recordings or any documents or information obtained in the investigations for the documentary? Do you have any other information that may be valuable to creating this documentary?

Those interested must submit their letter of interest by July 14, 2011, to be considered for inclusion into the documentary.

If interested in participating, send your request to Emmitt Thrower ASAP at et34888@aol.com.


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