What Police Accountability Looks Like in NYC?

After school program + social justice research + documentary

During the fall of 2020 I partnered with the Center for Urban Pedagogy and the Red Hook Community Justice Center to develop an after school remote program using project-based curricula for high school students to explore fundamental questions about how the city works, using collaborative research, art and design. We piloted the program during the 2020 COVID quarantine, where most people in New York were restricting public interaction to essential activities and school was restricted to remote. At the time, the world was still grappling with the death of George Floyd. The task given to the students and I was to investigate police accountability in New York City. During 18 weeks, we met twice a week, watched videos, came up with questions, interviewed people who knew a lot about the subject. Along the way we made prints, posters and a documentary. 

 The documentary “Good Cops, Bad Cops, More Cops, No Cops” (22 min.) premiered on January 2021.

Watch students from Brooklyn, New York navigating policing in New York as they interview players in the game of policy making, activism and research, such as Eric Adams, Carolyn Martinez-Class, Alex Vitale and Tiffany Eason.

Good Cops? Bad Cops? More Cops? No Cops? from the Center for Urban Pedagogy on Vimeo.