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Smart and lazy is a terrible combination.
Smart and lazy is a terrible combination.

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At long last, here's the next portrait in my series "Our Lives Matter," memorializing POC killed by police. This beautiful woman is Rekia Boyd, only 22 years old and walking down the street with her friends when an off-duty cop drove up, argued with them about the noise they were making, and shot her in the head. In a remarkable miscarriage of justice, the cop was cleared of all charges because the judge decided it wasn't 'involuntary manslaughter' but exactly what it was: straight-up murder-- and unfortunately he hadn't been formally charged with that.

That guy is still walking around, but on March 21, 2012 Rekia's vibrant life ended. Her brother has said that she had a knack for making friends anywhere, that she was a good cook, and loved the color yellow. She's been described as the girl who 'woke the world up' and could 'light up a room.' And she should never be forgotten.

This portrait took me a long time, to capture the beauty of the original photograph. I also have no practice in painting leaves.

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#rekiaboyd #ourlivesmatter #blacklivesmatter #ansatejonesart
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OLM 4: Philando Castile


One of the more famous cases. Most of you will probably remember Castile through his fiancee's brave livestreaming of his death on July 6, 2016 as he lay bleeding out next to her in their car, their four-year-old daughter in the backseat. Castile himself was only 32, and worked as a nutrition supervisor at a Montessori school in St. Paul, MN.
Castile was careful in his interaction with Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who killed him. He had a license to carry a firearm and let Yanez know that. Unfortunately that seemed to just give Yanez more cause to be nervous and he fatally shot Castile while the man was putting his hands up.

Police shadiness as to the sequence of events followed, as it usually does. According to Yanez he'd stopped Castile's car because he resembled a robbery suspect due to his 'wide nose'. However, the protocol required for a felony stop was not followed and Castile's fiancee maintained that they'd been stopped for a broken taillight.

Philando had his whole life ahead of him, but an officer of the law who should have kept his cool got nervous. Now his daughter and fiancee have to live with the memory of witnessing his death right in front of them. Yanez is going to trial this May for second-degree manslaughter. It's not nearly enough.

#blacklivesmatter #ourlivesmatter #philandocastile #justiceforphilando

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