In the Media

Check out Peoples' Justice and our member organizations in interviews, films, news blips and other media appearances!

Why Do We Keep Ignoring All the Black Women Who Die from Police Brutality?

Rekia Boyd, 22, was shot in the back of her head when Dante Servin, an off-duty police officer, shot into a crowd five times on March 22, 2012 in Chicago. She died two days later.

Servin claimed Boyd’s friend Antonio Cross pulled out an object from his pocket and pointed it at him. Servin thought it was a gun, and claimed he feared for his life. The object was a cell phone. Servin was charged with involuntary manslaughter but was found not guilty last month.

American hypocrisy exposed: U.S. slammed on racism, police brutality and human rights violations

The Final Call

The U.S. was recently condemned by a United Nations body for human rights failures, particularly with regard to racism and police murders of Black men and boys. Activists, however, aren’t holding their breath waiting for the world super power to correct her wrongs.

America’s condemnation came via the Universal Periodic Review held every four years by the United Nations Human Rights Council. Each of the UN’s 193 member states are required to submit to a review of human rights obligations and commitments.

That's What You Get for Filming the Police


One evening in September 2014, John Prince heard a scream through his window.

He went outside. On the sidewalk in front of his home, a first-floor apartment on Elmwood Avenue in Providence, Rhode Island, two male plainclothes police officers were aggressively questioning a pair of young women.

"The cops were being really rude," Prince said, "asking intimidating questions like, 'What's in your handbag?' and 'Where are you coming from?'"

Film: Guerrilla Theatre Skits on NYPD Broken Windows Policing


On Saturday, May 17th, 2014, community activists and young people led by Peoples' Justice for Community Control and Police Accountability and Picture The Homeless took to the subways of Harlem and the Bronx to perform guerrilla theater skits about discriminatory and abusive policing in NYC!

Film: Inside the growing film-the-cops movement

Jackson Heights, Queens, NY -

Every night, a nationwide network of activists, known as Cop Watch patrols the streets, keeping a close eye on police.

Armed with cameras, the group films any police interactions they encounter. According to the organization Cop Block, there are over 200 of these small groups in almost every state. And they say their ranks are growing.

Film: Cop Watch: Documenting use of police force in NYC

With cell phones and security cameras able capture our every move it seems like we are always being watched. The same goes for police: dash cams and body cameras record their daily interactions with the community. It’s something we are used to, but not the cops. 

“While the police department loves to videotape the rest of us, they don’t necessarily love being videotaped themselves,” said Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Watchdog groups training citizens to join Cop Watch movement by catching rogue police in action

New York Daily News

Police, you’re being policed.

City watchdog groups are recruiting intrepid citizens in all five boroughs — and arming some of them with handheld video cameras — to catch rogue cops in action.

“The reality is that the police violate the law,” said Daniel Sanchez, a 33-year-old member of the Justice Committee, one of the groups of activists aimed at stopping police violence.

“But when we are there with our cameras, the cops often change their behavior,” he said.

Film: "South Bronx Cop Watch Mural"

Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Youth Channel

The Justice Committee, CAAV, Streetwise and Safe teamed up with Raul Ayala and other South Bronx community members teamed up for a for a mural project. Organizers, activists, and artists stood in front of the mural to speak and perform after its unveiling. The mural will serve as a pillar of justice within the South Bronx community and it will also remind community members of their rights during police interactions.

Special Thanks To: The Justice Committee, CAAV, Streetwise and Safe, and Raul Ayala

Music: "Ode to a Gangsta" Bangin Beats Volume 5

Cop Watch

The New Yorker Magazine

Among the chants and Twitter hashtags radiating from Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York—“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” “I Can’t Breathe”—an improvisation on N.W.A.’s anti-cop rap lyric has been one of the most contemporary. “Film the police,” protesters declared after a smartphone caught police locking Eric Garner, a Staten Island man, in a lethal chokehold.