Documentary: The Color Of Lawlessness

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Thru the eyes of victimized communities this documentary will provide an in-depth view to the misconduct of law enforcement agencies. The Color of Lawlessness is based off of the United States law “Color of Law” (42 U.S.C.A. Section 1983) which is “the appearance of an act being performed based upon legal right or enforcement of statute, when in reality no such right exists.”

Since the advent of the first state-sponsored police forces in the U.S. – slave patrols; radicalized policing has been a feature of the American landscape. It is no surprise that the U.S. government has failed to uphold any type of constitutional laws that pertain to the American public due to so many violations by law enforcement officials.

This documentary (hopefully with your support) will bring to the light the excessive force, sexual assaults, torture and other cruel inhuman and degrading tactics used by law enforcements reckless and unapologetic ways. As an independent journalist and an African-American male I’ve been in multiple situations where the police tried to intimidate, hurt and/or degrade me. My reason behind making this documentary is to first educate the unknowledgeable, unify globally by common interest; the abuse of power and to hopefully help change the thought process of these individuals who are apart of these agencies.

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To add this will NOT just be a U.S. based project. I plan on traveling to different parts of the world to be on the front lines of documenting police terror. I plan on covering 5 cities in the United States, focusing on different issues in each one included but not limited to:

New York, NY – Stop and Frisk

Los Angeles, CA – Shootings and Beatings by Law Enforcement Agents

Phoenix, AZ – Racial Profiling of Immigrants & Border Militarization

Chicago, IL – Torture and Harassment

Miami, FL – Lack of Prosecutions & Ineffectiveness of Internal and Civilian Complaint Mechanisms

Fairbanks, AK – Sexual Assault and the Absence of Documentation or Systemic Review

International countries: Istanbul, Turkey | Berlin, Germany | Ramallah, West Bank, Gaza | Madrid, Spain | Caracas, Venezuela

My minimum funding raising goal is $2,500 for camera and software equipment included but not limited to:

Canon XLH1 3CCD HD Camcorder

Canon XL1 MiniDC 3CCD

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

$1,000 for a video editor

$800 for studio quality narration

$200 for wireless microphone

If I happen to make over my initial goal I will start giving signed DVD’s of the documentary away for free. You will also be able to watch the full documentary digitally for free as well.

Thanks for all the love and support comrades, it’s greatly appreciated

-Taylor Hall

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Preview Documentary

  • John Drabble

    I’m a longtime activist who has witnessed many instances of police violence. I have sued the Seattle Police Department twice for assaulting me at street protests and won one cash settlement from them. I have testified about police abuse of activists before the city council. I know that the police are lawless and violent at times. BUT–this video shows the car driver deliberately provoking the cops.( I suspect he was flaunting some energy drink container that looks like a beer can. Why couldn’t he just say “It’s an energy drink” in response to the question?)

    And that one clip above of a cop throwing a punch into an African American girl’s face (1:05 mark) was in a Seattle incident at Franklin High School in which a lone police officer stopped two girls for jay walking in a very unsafe intersection. He was surrounded by students verbally abusing him and posing a physical threat to him as the two girls escalated the situation refusing to follow his instructions with the girl physically assaulting the officer and being punched in response. She later apologized for her behavior.

    Although sympathetic to anyone who opposes police violence I won’t be wasting my time watching this video. There is enough real police violence and abuse to document that no one needs to provoke it for a video or portray criminals as victims. The film makers come off looking almost as bad as the cops.

  • John Drabble

    Different states have different laws regarding videotaping and sound recording people in public. Be sure and know them where ever you are at. The police will lie to you about what you are legally allowed to do. The local ACLU will be a good source for information.

    Sorry to be so critical above but not everyone experiences driving while black. Not everyone has bad experiences with the police. If the goal is to show the police for the violent thugs they can sometimes be you have to let the police do it themselves-not be seen as provoking them into bad behavior.

    Check out this site: http://photographyisnotacrime.com/ He does a good job of showing the cops engaged in bad behavior while preserving the credibility of the photographers/videographers.

    good luck

  • John,

    The first clip was in Washington DC April 18th, 2014 between 6 and 7 pm “Cop block” was taking photos of the “SkyCop Major Mobile Surveillance Unit (MSU)” on 16th and W St. in the Southeast section of DC. We proceeded to drive off when 10 undercover cops blocked us in and accused the driver of having an open can of beer in the car.

    We asked if we were being detained and if so what for. The under covers reply was we have dark clothes on and this is a “high crime” area. There was a confrontation between a cop and a cop blocker about her recording the incident. As well as the cops trying to say that the driver didn’t a valid license and that the I.D. didn’t match the car. Which implies that the car was “stolen.”