The third installment of "The Fixers" video project is out, and this time the Cleveland Division of Police falls in the artists' sight lines.
Writer R.A. Washington and attorney Jacqueline Greene discuss the police department's documented pattern and practice of use of force and what the U.S. Department of Justice consent decree means as the Republican National Convention looms. This is the first time a national political convention will be held in a city with a police department that is actively being monitored by the DOJ.
The video reminds the city — and its incoming guests — that the rift between the community and the police department remains. The RNC is certainly an opportunity to bridge that gap, though, as noted in news stories and art projects for months now, there's not a hell of a lot of optimism on that front.
"What this RNC coming to Cleveland represents for the community at large is a silence, an invisibility that is generations long," Washington says. "You're seeing all these beautiful shots of Cleveland — the downtown, all these things that they beautify for the convention — and you're thinking, 'Well, where's my voice?'"
Watch the video here: