One in 1,000 Black men in America can expect to be killed by a police officer. donnie, grandfather to three young Black boys, thinks about the entire generations that have been taken away from their futures, never to sit at a holiday dinner nor go on to raise their own children. “Stop Resisting” is a film produced by No Credits Productions LLC and award-winning director donnie l. betts. donnie focuses on policing in America with an emphasis on the Aurora, Colorado Police Department as a starting point. “Stop Resisting” examines policing practices and policies, city, and court policies, as well as the communal and individual impact of police brutality.
To produce this film, at this time, fills an urgent need: as a local and global community, we are grappling with the impact of racism, inequality, and the resulting dissension and unrest. We will discuss the multiple negative impacts that stem from the use of force on the community, on families, the cost to cities and their citizens, and on the police locally and nationally. As I write this proposal on July 3rd, 2022, news broke that Jayland Walker was shot at more than 60 times with 46 exit wounds in Akron, Ohio by police officers. How many more people have to die before we have the moral backbone to say no more? This has to stop.
Qualified immunity shields police and government officials from liability by requiring proof that an official violated “clearly established law” – putting the burden on victims to find an identical court case that found the action unconstitutional. This key element of the architecture of impunity amplifies police power and keeps them above the law and disproportionately impacts those targeted by law enforcement: people of color, Black people, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, unhoused individuals, and LGBTQ+ individuals. The film will feature an open and honest dialogue between law enforcement and the community, including multiple community members who have been directly impacted by the use of force. Specifically, we will highlight the long-term mental health impacts, and financial, psychological, and moral effects that police violence has including PTSD, depression, divorce, etc. “Stop Resisting” will reach white communities and/or allies to educate and inspire them toward holding policymakers, police, and community members accountable. Escalating the use of force by representatives of the law, against community members, affects us all. “Stop Resisting” will utilize a multitude of visual elements including the use of family photos of victims and survivors, cell phone footage, body cam footage, mural art, audio soundscape, dance, and spoken word as mediums of expression. Screenings will be in partner spaces, PBS, KweliTV, YouTube, and libraries. When possible, representatives from communities that are impacted, police, activists, and artists taking part in the conversation will be invited to attend.
3) Future of policing, specifically the mental health cost, financial cost to cities, and long-range trauma. This section will wrap with the need for – reform, reset, and rethinking policing in communities.
We are tired of hashtags and justice for none. This documentary goes beyond the tag lines, the news highlight reels, and the investigative journalism frenzy. “Stop Resisting” brings forward the visceral stories, told by the heartbroken families of brutalized and murdered victims of police violence. We tie together the tragedies at a personal level and the systemic oppression of communities that have been marginalized by the misuse of power in our law enforcement agencies, from the bottom up.