A medic—who was sent away—checks out James Chasse's injuries as police sip coffee.
Cases of police brutality are reported time and time again across the country. And yet, despite the passing of years and supposed reforms, we are always taken aback when new cases arise.
Seven years after one particularly awful case in Portland, Oregon, the new independent documentary Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse captures the horror once more. The film is a chilling, intimate look at one case of police brutality and the flawed justice system that allows officers to act with impunity.
By now many of you have probably heard that several journalists (including Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and an AP photographer) were arrested while they were covering protests of the Republican National Convention. But as independent publishers ourselves, I think it's critical that the word get out as far and wide as possible.