In a three-part video series, Truth Against The Machine reporter Marquis Ealy tells the story of grizzly police brutality occurences. SUPPORT Maquis and TATM for more of this type of reporting.
Part 1: Interview with President of All Shades United
On Mother’s Day May, 14, 2017, Officer Kenneth Lopera killed Tashii Brown-Farmer, a 40-year-old black man, using a “rear-naked chokehold”—a moved banned by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. As is par for the course, Officer Lopera was merely placed on paid administrative leave. Two weeks later, on May 28, 2017, All Shades United, a local activist group held a protest blocking traffic on the Las Vegas Strip. In this video, the first of a three-part series, Truth Against the Machine’s Marquis Ealy sat down with Stretch Sanders, president of All Shades United, to talk about the press coverage of the killing and subsequent character assassination of Tashii Brown-Farmer in the local media.
Sheldon Adelson, the owner of The Venetian, the casino-resort in front of which the incident took place, has a vested interest in this going away. He is also the owner of the Las Vegas Review Journal, the largest newspaper in Las Vegas. Not many people in town even knew about the murder until the protest, and even after it many still don’t know that either happened.
Part 2: How Local Media Skewed the Story
On May 28 2017, All Shades United, an activist group, protested the killing of Tashii Brown-Farmer at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino; the group blocked traffic on the Las Vegas Strip. In this video, the second part of a three-part series on the killing, Marquis Ealy sits down with Stretch Sanders, the President of All Shades United, to discuss the news coverage of the protest and some of the events that happened that day.
Off camera, before the beginning of their discussion, Sanders and Ealy watched two videos. The first one they watched is the news coverage of the event—which might as well had been put together by the public relations department for the LVMPD. That video is here. The video that shows what really happened is a Facebook live video in which Marquis Ealy covered the protest. It an be found at this link. The ill-framed conversation with the police officer can be found at 6:55.
Part 3: “What Happened in Vegas”
Ramsey Denison is the director of “What Happened in Vegas,” a documentary that exposes Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s (LVMPD) corruption. It took him more than two years to research, compile, shoot footage, and verify all the information in the film that recently won the Las Vegas Black Film Festival’s Best Documentary award. Per Denison, LVMPD, is one of the “dirtiest police departments in the nation.”
Denison sat with Truth Against the Machine’s Marquis Ealy, for the final interview in a three-part series, to expose some of his findings covered in the documentary. In the interview, he talks about his own personal experience with the LVMPD as well as the fatal cases of Trayvon Cole, and Tashii Brown-Farmer. The documentary will be in theaters starting August 18, 2017. To stay updated with the documentary, follow it on Facebook.