Cartographies: Indictments and Impunities
Injustice has a peculiar way of mapping itself, with virtual impunity, onto certain racialized bodies.—Charisse Burden-Stelly
Over the decades, countless Black and Brown individuals have been killed by police. It is countless because no nationwide statistics are kept. From the few numbers we can glean, the number killed by police is increasing.Some of the stories made headlines. Others are less well known, making only local news, if any news at all. Over the past several years, several hundred policer officers have been killed in the line of duty, according to statistics from the FBI and the National Law Officers Memorial Fund. The working lives and working deaths of these working-class men and women are something on which we should reflect. They were there to protect and serve, the means used to achieve the safety we all desire. The works in the series reflect on all of these deaths. They map the spaces and places where individuals have lost their lives, families have mourned, communities have questioned.