Director and social justice advocate Ava DuVernay is launching the LEAP initiative focused on holding law enforcement accountable for police brutality.
DuVernay and her media company, ARRAY Now, are behind social justice and education films such as 13th and Selma. LEAP Action (Law Enforcement Accountability project) is a fund dedicated to empowering activists.
We see clips of white folks yelling, spitting, hitting police over pancakes and beers.
Here, a Black Man is prone, on the ground, hands up, begging and police draw guns. Then, put hands on his grandmother.
Can anyone identify these cops for me? I’m starting a new project. https://t.co/SCYDGk41jM
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 27, 2020
With the murders of Black individuals such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery in recent months, the ugly nature of police brutality in the U.S. has been brought into the public eye once again. None of the men or police officers involved in these brutal slayings have yet been convicted.
Despite public outcry and civil unrest, it still remains an anomaly when police officers are held accountable.
DuVernay’s new initiative seeks to draw attention to the unlawful actions of police, as well as hold them responsible for their actions. LEAP importantly plans to disrupt the implicit code of silence among cops in police departments.
The project also aims to provide funding to artists, storytellers, filmmakers, and other creative individuals who seek to draw attention to police brutality and accountability.
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Officers who kill unarmed Black people often get admin pay, another job, a life of anonymity. Their victims get eulogies. We have a blind spot as a society in agreeing not to speak these officers’ names. I do not agree to that anymore. If you feel the same, join @leapaction. Your social platform is your weapon. (Link In Bio)
Through its mission, LEAP hopes to create a dialogue revolving around the current law enforcement system. LEAP plans to tell the stories of those persecuted by police violence, and spark change to create a more transparent and visible justice process.
In this time of civil unrest, DuVernay’s project is an essential tool in bringing people together. It also provides a great way for creative individuals to use their work to unite others and advocate for an important cause. By coming together as a community and holding law enforcement accountable, this can pave the way for change in the system.
While most of the project besides its mission is still under wraps, DuVernay claims that we can expect something coming soon in August.