Black & Blue: Policing Disability & Poverty Beyond Occupy

  • Leroy F. MooreJr.Email author
  • Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia
  • Emmitt H. Thrower


In this chapter three artists/activists of color with disabilities write about their lives, activism & cultural work around police brutality against poor people & people with disabilities before, during and beyond the occupy “movement.” You will read the popular response after police brutality cases against people with disabilities and how this response has been repeated over and over again. The three authors will share their answers toward this issue and talk about the need for increasing cultural work from poetry to Hip-Hop to visual arts by not only disabled community but also from the artists arena. Lisa ‘Tiny’ Gray Garcia, Emmitt Thrower and Leroy Franklin Moore Jr. have come together to serve up another vision on the drastic real growth of police brutality against people with disabilities and poor people.


Poor Magazine Krip-Hop Nation Where is Hope Disability People with disabilities Police brutality Police training Occupy movement Activism People of color Black people Hip-Hop Cultural work Poor people Poverty Mental health Autism Autistic people Media Journalism Wabi Sabi Productions Inc 


Great Articles to Read on This Issue

  1. BILLYJAM. Latest Krip-Hop Compilation Addresses Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities. AMOEBLOG.
  2. Critical Resistance website. Fight the cops! The Oakland power projects and cr’s 2014 policing year in review, 26 March 2015.
  3. D Center, SDC host police brutality workshopGoogle Scholar
  4. Darwin BondGraham @Darwinbondgraha. Making Black Lives Matter. A group of Bay Area families has been fighting back by building a network of those directly affected by police violence. East Bay Express, NEWS & OPINION » FEATURE, 13 MAY 2015.
  5. Emmitt Thrower. Does the disability community need a documentary on police brutality from a retired disabled Black cop? San Francisco Bayview Newspaper, 27 March 2015Google Scholar
  6. Leroy F Moore Jr. The National Center of Criminal Justice & Disability, The Arc, DOJ, Police & The Community with Kathryn Walker, L A Davis, Program Manager of Justice Initiatives. POOR Magazine.
  7. Leroy Moore. Community protector Bo Frierson tipped from wheelchair for protesting SFPD’s assault on his cousin. San Francisco Bayview Newspaper, 27 January 2015Google Scholar
  8. Link: Audio interview Leroy Moore on Letters & Politics on KPFA 94.1FM About Police Brutality Against People W/disabilities.
  9. Malcolm X Grassroots Center, Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of 120 Black People.
  10. National Black Disability Coalition. A National Campaign for Minority Disability Legislation.
  11. Police Violence and People with disabilities. Author: Thomas C. Weiss. Disabled World—Sep 01, 2013 | Updated: Sep 01, 2013.
  12. Rochester, NY Police officers Assault Disabled Man in Motorized Wheelchair.
  13. San Francisco Bayveiw Newspaper. How can I prepare my 13-year-old Black autistic son for encounters with police? 21 December 2014.
  14. Sunjay Tojuhwa Smith his work on police brutality against people with disabilities A video of those wronged by the police.
  15. When Cops Criminalize the Disabled. Scholar
  16. Zosia Zaks, Towson. Why no talk of Gray’s disabilities? Baltimore Sun Newspaper, 4 May 2015.

Additional Readings

  1. (by Carol Harvey, about the SFPD Shooting of Randal Dunklin)
  2. (Trend of Police Violence against the Disabled)
  3. spaami: stop police abuse against mentally ill!—Yahoo! Groups. As noted in a 1996 Amnesty International report: (PD) Excessive force has been routinely used against mentally ill (This is a group administered by Idriss Stelley Foundation). (Broken Bones Disabled Brown Bodies)

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leroy F. MooreJr.
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia
    • 2
  • Emmitt H. Thrower
    • 3
  1. 1.National Black Disability Coalition, Sins Invalid, and Krip Hop NationBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.POOR MagazineOaklandUSA
  3. 3.Wabi Sabi ProductionsBronxUSA

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