Producers Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, and Erin Yanke in attendance.
artists and social activists Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, and Erin Yanke’s
film speaks to the history of police violence in our society, providing
a framework for understanding the systems of social control in Portland
and its history of exclusion laws, racial profiling, redlining, and
gentrification practices. Through conversations with community leaders
that include Walidah Imarisha, author of the “Oregon Black History
Timeline,” JoAnn Hardesty, and Rev. LeRoy Haynes of the Albina
Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice & Police Reform, Dan
Handelman of Portland Copwatch, and Kent Ford, founder of the Portland
Chapter of the Black Panther Party, the filmmakers explore alternatives
to current policing practices and consider strategies for community
safety that do not employ constant surveillance and unneeded violence.