Hands Up, Don’t Shoot

Framed Photograph  |  42″ x 23″

ARTIST: Kai Lendzion
As we crossed the middle point of the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge, marking the violence and sacrifices of Bloody Sunday 50 years before, the trauma and rage of witnessing the recent police killings of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice over the last year erupted through the crowd in a wave. Instead of holding hands and singing “We Shall Overcome” the masses began throwing their arms and fists in the air in an escalating call and response of “Hands Up.” “Don’t Shoot.” Freddie Gray and Walter Scott would be killed the next month.