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A collection of film clips from Google, You Tube, etc.   Note that these films may be here today, but gone tomorrow.

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Google Video : Many individuals are putting up short clips on the web. Try terms such as crime or gang in the search engine. A real mixed bag.

YouTube : Another source for short clips on the web. Try terms such as crime or gang in the search engine. A real mixed bag. Note: due to some questionable content, it may be necessary to register for free to see some clips.

Crime Documentary.   A collection of documentaries.

Ted Talks on Crime

Ted Talks on Criminal Justice

Attica is All of Us (Vimeo) from Freedom Archives.  September 9-13 mark the 41st anniversary of the Attica Rebellion. This massive prison takeover by hundreds of inmates and the callous repression and murders by the state of New York are part of a unique moment in US history. The legacy of Attica and the fight for human rights is carried on in the prisons of Georgia, Ohio, California and wherever people are caged for years on end.

Autopsy: Confessions of a Medical Examiner (1994-2008).  HBO.  Can the dead speak? Yes…but only to those who know how to listen. In this riveting documentary, Dr. Michael Baden, one of the country’s most celebrated forensic pathologists, reveals the stories behind the cases of unnatural or suspicious death that he helped solve. In more than 20,000 autopsies over the past 32 years, Dr. Baden has uncovered the secrets of the dead and brought killers to justice, earning him the nickname, ‘detective of death.’   Courtesy of Crime Documentary.

Black Women and the Criminal Justice System.  Part of the Conversations in Black Freedom Studies (CBFS) series which will feature experts that will explore the menace of white terror and criminal injustice against the black community in general and black women in particular. CBFS is curated by professors Jeanne Theoharis (Brooklyn College/CUNY) and Komozi Woodard (Sarah Lawrence College). @SchomburgCenter @SchomburgCBFS #BlkWomenJustice SPEAKER BIOS Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016), an examination of the history and politics of Black America and the development of the social justice movement, #BlackLivesMatter, in response to police violence in the United States. Dr. Taylor’s research examines race and public policy, including American housing policies. She is currently working on a manuscript titled Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s, which looks at the federal government's promotion of single-family homeownership in black communities after the urban rebellions of the 1960s. Taylor was the Chancellor’s postdoctoral research associate in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013-2014. Taylor received her PhD from the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University in 2013. Keisha N. Blain is a historian of the 20th century United States with broad interdisciplinary interests and specializations in African American History, the modern African Diaspora, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research interests include black internationalism, radical politics, and global feminisms. She completed a PhD in History from Princeton University in 2014. Blain published The Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence. She is currently completing her first book, Contesting the Global Color Line: Black Women, Nationalist Politics, and Internationalism. The book analyzes an array of primary sources to uncover the crucial role women played in building black nationalist and internationalist protest movements in the United States and other parts of the African Diaspora from the early twentieth century to the 1950s. Sarah Haley is the Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her PhD and M.A in African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University. Haley published No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity.

Blood in the Face, pt.1-8pt. 2, pt. 3, pt. 4, pt. 5, pt. 6, pt. 7, pt. 8, (YouTube) : 1991 Documentary about White Supremacist groups in the US. Their views regarding Israel and Jews are identical to the views of Islamic Supremacist groups in the US, especially the Islamic groups that are active on college campuses....In the film, members of the Ku Klux Klan, American Nazi Party, Aryan Nation, The Order and other radical right wing groups speak openly and assertively about arming themselves to the hilt and preparing for imminent race wars and the overthrow of 'ZOG' (The Zion Occupation Government). With folksy, often dark humor, they address their issues: interracial 'breeding,' the Holocaust 'hoax,' legions of 'colored' foreign troops poised to attach America....In addition to the infamous David Duke, the films cast of right wing radicals includes the American Nazi Party's George Lincoln Rockwell, former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Don Black, Ku Klux Klan National Director Thom Robb, Christian Identity Ministers Jack Moher and Allen Poe, Canadian Fascist Western Guard leader John Ross Taylor, The Order leader Bruce Carroll Pierce, and White Patriots Party leaders Alan Berg and Glen Miller. Some are seen only in archival footage, others are interviewed directly for the film.

Butch Jones Leader Of Y.B.I. [Young Boyz Inc GANG] [Detriot] via YouTube.   59 minutes.

Detroit Crime documentary from Heroin to Cocaine, Young Boys Inc to White Boy Rick    (15 minutes)  What happens when the CEO's & Politicians fail in their plans? It's called Detroit. Done by Al Profit, hit documentary producer of Detroit MOB confidential and streets of NY. Rollin is the true story of the decline of the auto industry and the rise of the drug economy in Detroit. Rollin is the 4th documentary from Al Profit, (Detroit Mob Confidential, Streets of NY and Detroit: Murder City) and the third in a series exploring crime and social disorder in Detroit, Michigan

Detroit the Murder City Documentary via YouTube.  This is the Tale of Crime in Detroit and how it affects its everyday citizens..Directed by Al Profit (Saint Aubin) this Documentary explores the minds of the criminals and the victims which are one in the same... Featuring Detroit Imfamous Emcee Seven the General..this DVD would make Seven a HouseHold Name.

Ferguson : Life Matters.   In the wake of several police shootings of unarmed black Americans, Ferguson: Life Matters goes to the hometown of Mike Brown, one such unarmed black American whose murderer has since walked free and left the Ferguson Police Department on his own accord. We are guided throughout the film by a Missouri resident who is credited as a student and musician as he addresses what he perceives to be the roots of the problems in the inner city and gives insights on what he and the people around him feel would be appropriate solutions, or at least appropriate viewpoints for assessing the issues.   We are given a glimpse of the protests happening in Ferguson not only as movements for a solution, but also as an opportunity for those who would choose to do the neighborhood harm to do just that through looting and property destruction. A staggeringly small amount of this property destruction is aimed at the police or any external factor perceived to do harm to the people of the community, but is instead directed at local entrepreneurs who have only worked to service the community's economy.  The fact that we aren't provided with much more than opinions and a bit of figurative b-roll means that this probably won't be the definitive documentary film on the subject of Ferguson's racial climate, Mike Brown, or the underserved minority population on Ferguson; all subjects touched on in this film. Instead hard facts or statistically based graphs of any kind, we are presented with the opinions of religious figures, local business owners, and even some of our young guide's friends.   The film comes to a point where we are taken into to the guide's recording studio session; not entirely necessary for providing us with context on what the film is all about. Still, it opens up a dialogue and keeps a conversation going about an injustice that is bigger than one place and one person.  Courtesy of Top Documentary Films.

Flukey Stokes Story via YouTube.  Black gang member from Chicago.  25 minutes.

Gangland Detroit Mob Documentary, part 1,  part 2, part 3.  Detroit Mob Confidential explores the history of Detroit's La Cosa Nostra Family, which, in many ways, is the most successful crime family in the United States. Detroit's family has had only 2 Dons, the current boss has served for 30 years and is the longest serving mob Don in America....The Detroit Family was the first LCN chapter that had members convicted of corruption involving Las Vegas casinos, and has been the target of the FBI's still ongoing Jimmy Hoffa investigation since 1975. The formation of the family during the prohibition era, culminating in the "Crosstown Mob War" of 1930 is covered, as well Detroit Mafia connections to the battles between Ford Motor Company and the UAW in the 1930's and 40's. ...The Detroit Family's role in the international heroin trade and their ties to the French Connection are discussed as well as various murders the Federal government suspects them of involvment in. Detroit area underworld legends like Tony "Jack" Giacalone and his brother Vito (Billy Jack), Freddy "the Pope" Salem and "the General" Henry Hilf are covered, as well as the Denny Mclain, Alex Karras, and Isiah Thomas gambling investigations....In addition to law enforcement and media sources, former associates reflect on the past and their work with Detroit Mafia members in sports gambling and other criminal activities. Several hundred unique and never-seen-before surveillance photographs from Federal law enforcement are used as well as family photos of Don Joe Zerilli on his Grosse Pointe estate...."Detroit Mob Confidential" is the first and only documentary made about America's most secretive, and most succesful Mafia family. Beginning in 1912 and finishing in 2009, "Detroit Mob Confidential" is a must-see DVD for any student of American History, crime buffs, and Detroiters of all ages and backgrounds.

Gangs, Law on the Street (2000) 60 minutes : This documentary, filmed over the course of a year, takes us inside the troubled world of 18 year-old Javelynne, exotic dancer and sometime Montreal gang member. When Javelynne decides she wants out of the gang, she is raped and threatened with extortion. Twice her family's home is torched. As the film progresses, it's not clear whether she is trying to extricate herself from the gang's control or aggravate her volatile status within it. Making over 200 sorties with his camera, documentarian Isaac Isitan succeeds in penetrating the closed, paranoid world of street gangs. The result is not distanced filmmaking: Isitan is caught in a web of bravado, lies, and double cons. Viewers are left to wonder -- has he fallen for his anti-heroine, or have we?

How Protect and Serve Became Search and Destroy (YouTube).  Ever wonder how police became soldiers?  Police militarization grew out of our failed drug war. Does a town of 2,200 need a massive military tank? Why does the police department in Dundee Michigan need a MRAP (Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected vehicle)? They don’t. Military grade gear does not improve the safety and security in small towns. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel must end the flow of military grade gear from the Pentagon to our local communities. It’s time for the militarizing of police to end. Last month, protests in Ferguson, MO turned violent after police showed up in full SWAT gear after fellow officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown. But Ferguson isn’t the only community receiving military grade weaponry from the Pentagon. We need to roll back programs 1033, 1122, and the National Defense Authorization Act. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri will chair a subcommittee hearing tomorrow on Capitol Hill looking into police militarization.

Immigrant Prisons.  Brave New Films.   28minutes.  In our newest film "Immigrant Prisons", we expose the abuses of the deportation industrial complex, substandard medical care, widespread physical and sexual abuse, virtual slave labor working conditions and highlight the incredible stories of three former detainees. This is the first in a series of exposés on the immigration system.  Each year, the U.S. government locks up roughly 440,000 immigrants in over 200 immigrant prisons. These facilities have grown into a highly privatized, lucrative, and abusive industry that profits off the misery of immigrants awaiting deportation.... There's no time limit on how long people can be held at immigration detention centers. It's hard to believe, but immigrants can be locked up indefinitely without a criminal offense or bond hearing. In the film we highlight the case of a Kenyan immigrant, Sylvester, who spent 9 years and 4 months in one of these prisons. Another immigrant describes her time in detention as being "like a legal kidnapping.” ... Immigrant prisons are overseen by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, a division of the Department of Homeland Security. Since ICE was created in 2003, there have been 177 confirmed deaths in these prisons. Detainees at these for-profit prisons are often coerced into working for virtually no money. The for-profit companies that run the facilities have all the wrong incentives and a captive workforce at their disposal. The food they provide detainees is frequently so inadequate that detainees feel they have no choice but to work for $1 a day to buy additional food from the commissary, often at inflated prices.  

Jeff Fort / Black Gang member from Chicago. Available via YouTube.  10 minutes.

The Maserati Rick Story - Maserati Rick Carter [Detroit] via YouTube.  Maserati Rick Carter was a Detroit Drug-lord in the 80′s he was nicknamed The Eastside King Of Crack. After 3 short years in the crack trade Rick controlled one of the most prominent networks operating on the Eastside of Detroit along with his bestfriend Demetrius Holloway. Carter and Halloway ran a peaceful business working with other drug organizations ran by Johnny Curry whose wife Cathy was the niece of the mayor at the time the late Coleman Young....After YBI Gang and The Chambers Brothers (the movie New Jack City was about them) was taken down. Plus the arrest and conviction of the Curry Brothers and 6 of their top lieutenants in 87, Rick and Demetrius made the Eastside their personal kingdom. Joining forces with teenage drug supplier "White Boy Rick" and murder for hire Reggie Browns. Rick's operation took off allowing him to live and spend lavishly. To mask the proceeds of his drug operation, Rick invested millions in local businesses which served as drop off and pick up points for his runners. Everything was going smoothly until the day Carter and Edward Hanserd had a heated argument over a debt Edward owed to Carter. The two would face off numerous times with gunfire but on Sept. 12, 1989 outside of one of Rick's businesses Carter was shot in the stomach leaving Rick hospitalized and Rick left one of Edward's solider slightly wounded.

Not In Our Town : Waking in Oak Creek.  As the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin prepares for Sunday prayers, a deadly hate attack shatters their lives, but not their resilience. After six worshipers are killed by a white supremacist, the local community finds inspiration in the Sikh tradition of forgiveness and faith. Lieutenant Murphy, shot 15 times in the attack, joins the mayor and police chief as they forge new bonds with the Sikh community. Young temple members, still grieving, emerge as leaders in the quest to end the violence. In the year following the tragedy, thousands gather for vigils and community events to honor the victims and seek connection. Together, a community rocked by hate is awakened and transformed by the Sikh spirit of relentless optimism.  This film was produced in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office as part of the Not In Our Town: Working Together for Safe, Inclusive Communities Initiative.

PBS Frontline Stickup Kid.  Currently available on the internet  : What happens when we lock up juvenile offenders in adult prisons? “Stickup Kid,” a FRONTLINE digital exclusive, tells the story of Alonza Thomas — sent to adult prison in California at age 16 — and how spending over a decade behind bars impacted him.

Policing the Police / Frontline.  June 28, 2016.  54 minutes.

Private Violence.Documentary 2014 1:25.58  (YouTube) : Oklahoma Cop Deanna was kidnapped by Robbie, her estranged husband, and beaten in the cab of his truck over a harrowing four-day journey. They were pulled over by police and she was taken to the hospital. In spite of Deanna's devastating injuries, Robbie was not arrested. Private Violence, a feature-length documentary, follows Deanna's journey as she rebuilds her life and fights to place Robbie behind bars. Accompanying Deanna is Kit Gruelle, a domestic violence victim turned advocate who navigates the complex world of domestic violence courts, shelters, and law enforcement....It is a fact: the most dangerous place for women in America is their own home. One in four women experiences violence there at the hands of an abusive husband or boyfriend every day. Moreover, 1,700 American women are murdered every year when they leave or try to leave abusive relationships, and 48% of the women killed in domestic violence homicides are murdered after they leave or are in the process of leaving. Women in abusive relationships face the grim reality that leaving is a dangerous prospect. Not only are they choosing to uproot their lives, and the lives of their children, but leaving may result in the direst consequences. This documentary examines the vicious cycle via Deanna’s story.

Rayful Edmond Story, Part 1 via YouTube.  "The true king of cocaine. At his peak he sold 2,000 keys a week, reaped gross profits of $70 million a month, and ran an operation with over 150 soldiers to support him. In his life champagne flowed like water, trips to Vegas, New York, and Los Angeles were the norm, and $150,000 shopping sprees were nothing. At the height of Washington, D.C.s brutal crack epidemic in 1987, there was a 22 year old man responsible for distributing 90% percent of Columbian Cocaine onto the citys streets. This man is Rayful Edmond III. In the medias eyes he was guilty until proven innocent, but in the streets eyes he was a hero who made it to the top. This is his story."

Rayful Edmond Story, Part 2 via YouTube. Filmmaker Troy Reed explores the rise and fall of Washington, D.C. cocaine distributor Rayful Edmund in this documentary tracing the life and career of a man who went from making millions to being incarcerated, but in prison his cocaine business continued to grow....He was sentenced to 25 years to life in 1989 for running a cocaine empire but that is just the beginning of his story. Upon arriving at Lewisburg penitentiary to serve his life sentence, Rayful was placed in a cell with the third largest Colombian cocaine distributor in the world "Chicy" the son of Griselda Blanco aka the Godmother of Cocaine in Colombia who is the central person in the documentaty Cocaine Cowboys....The Federal Government had no idea that they had just placed two of the biggest drug dealers in the world in the same prison in the same cell. Rayful and Chicy would go on to smuggle thousands of pounds of cocaine into Washington D.C, until Rayful decided to become a Government informant.

SouthSide Chicago Drug Lord Floyd Bryant [Full Documentary].  via YouTube.  45 minutes.  Black Gang member from Chicago.

Stickup Kid, see PBS Frontline Stickup Kid.

Miscellaneous resources:

  • Don't Tase Me Bro : University of Florida student Andrew Meyer is Tasered and arrested after causing a disturbance at a town hall forum, which featured Senator John Kerry, at the UF Auditorium on Sept. 17, 2007.
  • The Fiction Of Memory (Ted Talk). Elizabeth Loftus, a psychologist who studies false memories, tells the story of a man arrested and jailed for a rape he didn’t commit.  In this informative talk, Loftus shares startling stories and statistics, and discusses compelling research on what makes people remember things that didn’t happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. (17:36)
  • L. A. Gang Wars For gang members in South Central Los Angeles, the "hood" is a brutal war zone, where streets are defended, often to the death. National Geographic, 2008. (3:10)
  • Lockdown : Inmate University. At this prison, inmates are given a higher education and many of them have graduated college and never returned. National Geographic, 2007. (3:49)
  • Lockdown : Kids Behind Bars This young convict was sent to an adult facility, leaving him alone in a sea of predators and violent offenders. National Geographic, 2008. (4:02)
  • Lockdown: Women Behind Bars : Step inside Valley State Prison for Women. It is one of the largest and most dangerous women's prisons in the nation. National Geographic, 2007. (3:07)
  • On the Front Line: Gangs, Guns & Violence : Part 1, Part 2, Part 3: A Documentary from CutlineFilms focusing on street gang violence and its affect on communities throught California's Central Valley, 2007.
  • Prison Economy Out of prison, it's candy. In prison, it's a ticket to black market survival. National Geographic, 2007. (2:56)
  • Prison Nation. With gangs and violence running our prisons, are inmates even more dangerous when they are released? National Geographic, 2007. (4:14)
  • Why Eyewitnesses Get It Wrong (Ted Talk).   Scott Frasier knows the accuracy of eyewitness testimony can mean the difference between life and death for someone convicted of a crime. A forensic psychologist and expert witness, Fraser researches what’s real and what’s selective when it comes to crime and human memory. In this fascinating talk, Fraser tells the story of a deadly shooting that put an innocent man in jail, and the dramatic re-enactment of the crime 20 years later that helped set him free. Even close-up eyewitnesses to a crime, Fraser cautions, can create “memories” they could not have possibly seen. (20:50)
  • Why Smart Statistics Are The Key To Fighting Crime (Ted Talk). Anne Milgram knows a thing or two about crime – she worked as a criminal prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office and at the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2007, when Milgram was appointed New Jersey’s Attorney General, she quickly discovered a system that relied too often on instinct and insight, rather than reams of available data, to make important decisions about criminals and public safety.  That realization was the beginning of an ongoing quest to bring data and analytics to the U.S. criminal justice system, to help make streets safer, reduce prison costs and make the system fairer and more just. >It’s a vision she calls “moneyballing criminal justice.” (12:41)

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