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Behind the Blue Line: Stories of Police Brutality

Organized by: Annabelle Marcovici, Den-Zell Gilliard, Joe Davis, Erica Seltzer-Schultz

Annabelle Marcovici, Den-Zell Gilliard,'s Photo

THE STORY:

About the Project

Behind the Blue Line is an interview and photography project that shares real stories of police brutality, abuse and misuse of power in Minnesota. The title refers to the “Thin Blue Line,” a symbol often used to represent law enforcement as the barrier between criminals and civilians, order and disorder. Behind the Blue Line is about stories from the other side of the blue line––the stories that are often untold, swept aside, ignored. 

Listening to these stories can give us an intimate connection to another person’s humanity, and through this, a sense of the human impact of a problem that may at times seem abstract. It is from this sense of connection that understanding and action is born.

This project is a collaboration between four people:

Annabelle and Den-Zell photograph each participant somewhere meaningful to their story - usually at a place where they experienced police brutality or their home. Erica and Joe conduct interviews with participants and work with a transcriptionist to create a verbatim document of the interview, which they divide into chapters to aid in accessibility. Web developer Peter Vankoughnett helped create an interface where viewers have the opportunity to click on each participant’s portrait, listen to their story, and read all or part of their transcript.

 

Project Costs

A project of this scale takes a great deal of work. Just launching the website with the first four stories took over 300 hours of photography, interviews, transcription, web development, writing, research, graphic design, and more.

In order to continue doing this work, we need support. The money we raise will go towards covering the materials and time necessary to document a total of 20 stories of police brutality, abuse, and misuse of power.

Here is a breakdown of those costs:

  • Design and maintenance of the project website: $1300
  • Graphic design: $200
  • Materials, including photographic film and printed materials: $1000
  • Scanning and development of film: $1500
  • Conducting and recording 20 interviews + project management: $4500
  • Transcription for 20 interviews: $2000
  • Photography and post-processing for 20 portraits + project management: $4500

Total: $15,000

 

Our Vision for the Project

We have big goals for this project. We want not only to affect the national dialogue about police brutality through a website that reaches thousands, but also to create a historically meaningful document of police violence in America today.

We know that there are far, far more than 20 stories worth telling, and we’d love to be able to continue adding more once we meet our goal. Every additional $750 we raise will give us the resources necessary to add another story to the website.

We’re also interested in pursuing other platforms for people to engage with the project, such as a book or an in-person exhibit.

But we can do none of this on our own. If you feel, like we do, that these stories are worth sharing, please contribute to help us reach (or even surpass!) our goal.

$2,863

 

19% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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  • Sucharit Katyal

    $300

  • Rose Engstrom

    $20

  • Karmit Bulman

    $100

  • Ryan Peterson

    $80

  • Unny Nambudiripad

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Patty Mitchell

    $300

  • Victor Keller

    $100

  • Annie Want

    $50

  • Phillip O

    $50

  • Jessica Holleque

    $100

  • Paul

    $20

  • Monique

    $10

  • Maddy Shaw

    $50

  • Launch Donations

    $23

  • w.o.m.b

    $50

  • Gabe

    $15

  • Jeffrey Berger

    $100

  • Yaniv Morgenstern

    $50

  • Matt Seltzer and Caroline Schultz

    $300

  • Theo

    $25

  • Bonnie Frieden

     

  • Scott VanKoughnett

    $50

  • Marti Schulte

    $100

  • Makai Dorfman

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Paul VanKoughnett

    $25

  • Victoria Brown

    $25

  • Mary Richardson

     

  • Jan Kleinman and Fadil Santosa

    $250

  • Jack Jackson

    $50

  • D.A. Bullock

    $25

  • Jonathan Oppenheimer

    $25

  • Emily Baxter

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • ryan peterson

    $25

  • Sonny

    $10

  • Diane W

    $10

  • Kate Havelin

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Patrice Koelsch

    $25

  • Maggie Rozycki

    $25

  • Allea

    $10

  • Kate Havelin

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Kristen Murray

    $25

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Annabelle Marcovici, Den-Zell Gilliard, Joe Davis, Erica Seltzer-Schultz

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Donor Comments

Kristen Murray

Kristen Murray

DONATION: $25

11 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Kate Havelin

Kate Havelin

1 year ago

Allea

Allea

DONATION: $10

1 year ago

Maggie Rozycki

Maggie Rozycki

DONATION: $25

This is healing work for those who tell their stories and for the research and data to help change policies. Beautiful work, thank you. 1 year ago

Patrice Koelsch

Patrice Koelsch

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Kate Havelin

Kate Havelin

1 year ago

Diane W

Diane W

DONATION: $10

1 year ago

Sonny

Sonny

DONATION: $10

1 year ago

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