Every Mother's Son

2004, 60 minutes
Producers, Directors, Writers: Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson; Co-presentation of Anderson/Gold and Independent Television Service
Distributed by AndersonGold Films

Doris Busch Boskey (L), Kadiatou Diallo and Iris Baez (R), featured in Every Mother's Son, by Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson

Additional Resources


Documentary Films

Behind the Blue Wall (2000, 50 minutes)
Distributor: A&E Home Video, distributed by the New Video Group.
Produced by Towers Productions, Inc. for A&E Network; written and produced by Don Morfoot; originally broadcast as an episode of Investigative Reports hosted by Bill Kurtis.
      This program profiles the New York City Police Department, which has recently been rocked by a series of high-profile cases of police brutality.

Cops Under Fire (2000, 50 minutes)
Distributor: A&E Home Video, New Video Group
Produced by CBS News Productions in association with The History Channel; originally broadcast on 20th Century with Mike Wallace.
      This video discusses police brutality, presenting particular incidents including the Rodney King case and the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Abner Louima brutality case and the New York Police Department.

Day after Diallo: Organizers Speak Out on Police Brutality (2000, 6 minutes)
Distributor: Witness
Witness (Project)
      Ella Baker Center for Human Rights; New York City Police Watch were among supporters for this project. This video highlights recurring police violence against people of color in the context of the killing of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed black man who was shot forty one times while in the vestibule of his apartment by four members of the New York City Street Crimes Unit. On Feb. 25, 2000, a jury acquitted these officers of all charges. Protests erupted and confrontations between the police and demonstrators ensued.

Deadly Force (1980, 59 minutes)
Director: Richard Cohen
Distributor: Richard Cohen Films
A production of Hound Dog Films in association with The Television Laboratory at WNET/13; produced edited by Richard Cohen.
      This video recounts an investigation of suspected police brutality by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1977. The case involved the shooting death of Ron Burkholder by Los Angeles police officer Kurt Barz. The case stirred national press and resulted in the re-writing of LAPD's gun policy.

Twilight--Los Angeles (2001, 90 minutes)
Director: Marc Levin
Distributor: PBS Home Video
A production of Anna Deavere Smith in association with Offline Entertainment and Thirteen/WNET; conceived, written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith, produced by Anna Deavere Smith and Ezra Swerdlow, and adapted from Anna Deavere Smith's play.
      On March 3, 1991, an African-American man, Rodney King, was brutally beaten by four white Los Angeles police officers who stopped him for speeding. On April 29, 1992, the jury issued a not-guilty verdict, dismissing the officers on trial for the assault. The city then ignited into three days of rioting, looting and violence, leaving neighborhoods smoldering. The video combines Smith's one-woman play with news footage and interviews to examine the incident, the violent aftermath of the verdict, and the lasting impact of the riots.



Burris, John L; Catherine Whitney. Blue vs. Black: Let's End the Conflict Between Cops and Minorities. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 1999 1st edition.

Champion, Dean J. Police Misconduct in America: a Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2001.

Collins, Allyson. Shielded from Justice: Police Brutality and Accountability in the United States. New York, NY: Human Rights Watch, 1998.

Cothran, Helen. Police Brutality: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 2001.

Deflecting Blame: The Dissenting Report of the Mayor's Task Force on Police/Community Relations. Published by the New York Civil Liberties Union, 1998

Johnson, Marilynn S. Street justice: a History of Police Violence in New York City. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2003.

McArdle, Andrea; Tanya Erzen. Zero Tolerance: Quality of Life and the New Police Brutality in New York City. New York, NY: New York University Press, 2001.

Nelson, Jill. Police Brutality: An Anthology. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. 2000 1st edition.



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