From an anonymous source:
This morning (4/8/2015) new graffiti appeared on the Mahaney Center for the Arts in Middlebury College. The graffiti features a stenciled figure of a cop holding a baton on top of two hands raised in the air, and reads “WALTER SCOTT R.I.P.,” a tribute to the man killed by police
yesterdaySaturday in South Carolina. Similarly to the last round of anti-police graffiti on campus, facilities was ordered to erase the art immediately. By the time we reached the scene, some of the work has already been cleaned up. Another black smudge by the door hints on a different unknown piece that has already been removed.
In the uniquely vivid video from the scene, police officer Michael T. Slager shoots 50 year old Walter Scott eight times in the back, handcuffs him, and places a gun next to the corpse. With the aftermath of the combative Ferguson Movement, this might be the first time a US police officer will be convicted with murder of a black man.
At least 312 people have been killed by police since January 1st, 2015, and the daily average of police killings in the past couple of years stands on over three people a day (source: http://killedbypolice.net/). In this light, it is important to recognize that justice can’t be sought after through courts, a mechanism of the same state system of mass incarceration and genocide. The graffiti that has been appearing on Middlebury’s walls suggests we should find non-institutional ways to grieve. As the Gensler Symposium about the carceral state will seek to show next week, we might find alternatives to police and prisons in forms of restorative justice.
Thoughts? See below for more pictures from the CFA.