Ava DuVernay is using her star power to continue the fight for Breonna Taylor.
DuVernay’s collective ARRAY has debuted its latest project for its Law Enforcement Accountability Project, also known as LEAP. WOULD YOU KILL GOD TOO?, the second project commissioned by LEAP, was created by Atlanta-based poet-activist W.J. Lofton. The project is a visual poem that takes Louisville Metro Police Department officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankinson and Myles Cosgrove about their murder of Taylor in her apartment. You can view the visual poem below the post.
“W.J. Lofton’s powerful visual poem WOULD YOU KILL GOD TOO? is a clarion call for justice in the infuriatingly tragic case of Breonna Taylor. At the center of W.J.’s poem are the names of the three police officers who killed her: Mattingly, Hankison and Cosgrove,” said Mercedes Cooper, ARRAY Vice President of Public Programming. “Within this work, the artist demands visibility and accountability, making certain that her killers will not go unnamed and unknown.”
LEAP is described as “a propulsive fund founded in the wake of George Floyd’s murder to catalyze expression around police violence.” The fund is administered by the ARRAY Alliance and commissions artistic projects from a variety of mediums to uplift those killed by police violence and to highlight the importance of the fight against police brutality. The fund will commission at least 25 artists over two years, with the Ford Foundation giving LEAP its inaugural funds. LEAP also uses data from analytics organization Mapping Police Violence.
The fund’s first project, a photo essay called 41 to ’99, was created by street photographer Steven Irby (also known as Steve Sweatpants) to bring attention to New York City Police Department officers Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss, who killed 23-year-old Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo in his apartment doorway in 1999. The officers were found not guilty.