Steve Locke, 'Family Pictures' (2016), C-print on cotton paper, 30 x 40 inches, edition of 3 (all images courtesy the artist)

Steve Locke, ‘Family Pictures’ (2016), C-print on cotton paper, 30 x 40 inches, edition of 3 (all images courtesy the artist)

There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.

David EaglemanSum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

BOSTON — I went on sabbatical from teaching last year. It was one of those things that I, a kid of working class parents, could never have imagined when I was younger. My institution was enabling me to take time off of work to concentrate on my artistic development: to focus on my studio the way that I have been focusing on my students for the past 10 years. This time was hard-won, precious; I was looking forward to it opening up for me. I had a lot of ideas that had filled my sketchbooks over the years. Also, I had bookcases of texts I could not wait to devour. It had been so long since I had read anything for pleasure, I was so looking forward to curling up with all the tomes I had purchased that work had not allowed me to open. Also, to be perfectly honest, I was looking forward to getting some rest. I purchased supplies and cleared out my studio for new work. I cleaned up my email and finished up school business. I got to a clutter-free place. I thought about what was possible.

Then Michael Brown happened.

While news channels kept showing his body lying in the street for hours, we found out about John H. Crawford, III.

And then Ezell Ford. And Dante Parker. And Kajieme Powell. And more. And many, many more. Some captured in grainy videos replayed on television and computer screens.

In the studio, I could not stop thinking about this march of death. I painted almost every day, and every day this parade of killing was on my television and radio and social media feed. Some of the dead became Twitter hashtags. Some did not, but they were no less dead. Why were some people more important than others? Did people think that some victims were more worthy than others of not being shot to death, or tasered to death, or run over, or beaten to death by the state?

I was on sabbatical, so I had time. Time to create turned into time to think, and I couldn’t think about anything other than death. I didn’t read any books. I painted.

Steve Locke, "we touched the water" (2007–15), oil on panel with stripped and painted poles, flanges, and connectors on wood base with acrylic and latex and oil on beveled panel, 10w x14h (portrait), 50h x 24w x 24d (click to enlarge)

Steve Locke, “we touched the water” (2007–15), oil on panel with stripped and painted poles, flanges, and connectors on wood base with acrylic and latex and oil on beveled panel, 10w x14h (portrait), 50h x 24w x 24d (click to enlarge)

It’s summer (July), and I’m at dinner with a friend. We are in a bistro with televisions all over the restaurant and bar area. The sound is turned down, but the images light the entire place. The video of Officer Daniel Pantaleo choking Eric Garner to death plays over and over and over, interrupted by silent talking heads. I wonder, why are they playing this man’s murder on a loop? People eat, drink, laugh, walk about. No one seems to notice that a man is being choked to death on television. Then I start to think that maybe they do see it and that it doesn’t bother them. This is the first time I witness this, a black person being killed on television. It will not be the last time. Not by any measure.

Over the course of my sabbatical, I see black people shot to death on television over and over again. Newscasters and pundits issue verbal warnings that the video they are about to show might upset “sensitive viewers.” I try to imagine a viewer who would not be upset about seeing someone like Walter Scott shot to death (or by the fact that his killer, Officer Michael Slager, planted evidence on his corpse). Or Tamir Rice shot to death. I wonder why they don’t tell the “insensitive viewers” to hook up their DVRs. When I am in the studio, the images filled my head. I jump when cars backfire.

People ask me how my sabbatical is going. They say, “I hope you are taking advantage of this time.” They tell me how lucky I am. They ask, “What’s going on in the studio?” I wonder if they watch the news at all. I wonder if they know about what is happening. I wonder how they feel about these images of black people being killed. I post about this stuff on social media, and it is ignored, for the most part. Ferguson explodes. Social media does not believe in tears.

In August of 2015, two reporters are shot to death on live television. Alison Parker and Adam Ward are killed by Vester Lee Flanagan II, who uploaded a video of the killing to social media. Immediately, the television station, Facebook, and other social media erupt with requests for people not to view or share the video. To maintain the dignity of the victims, people beg the public not to watch the video. It would be a terrible thing to give the killer satisfaction by watching his murder of the reporters.

I start to wonder why black people are allowed to be killed on television. Why we are allowed to be transformed from subjects to objects and left to lie in streets for hours? Why is it acceptable to show the end of a black life on television?

Steve Locke, 'Family Pictures' (2016), C-print on cotton paper, 30 x 40 inches, edition of 3

Steve Locke, ‘Family Pictures’ (2016), C-print on cotton paper, 30 x 40 inches, edition of 3

I start to make work about the historical impulse to turn violence against black people into part of our domestic structures. People continue to ask me what I am doing on sabbatical. I think of Neruda and I wish I knew Spanish. (“Come and see the blood in the streets … ”) I decide to make a work about all the people killed by police while I was on sabbatical. I dismiss the idea as too agitprop. I talk to my mentors. One of them tells me, “Make the work. Just don’t trivialize.” I work with a friend and learn how to make photographs. It is harder than I imagined. I finish this work, Family Pictures. I show it to a few people. I finish my sabbatical. I’ve read few books. I feel surrounded by ghosts.

I paint everything I think. I don’t trivialize. I realize a new body of paintings. My studio is full of murderers, victims, liars, and accusers.

Paintings in the artist's studio

Paintings in the artist’s studio

Steve Locke, untitled (2016), oil on beveled panel, acrylic on verso, 16 x 16 in

Steve Locke, untitled (2016), oil on beveled panel, acrylic on verso, 16 x 16 in

I return to work in September. In December, I am hassled and detained by the police.  I write about the experience. Many people want me to come and talk to groups to “raise awareness.” I decline. They seem to be unaware that I would not like to relive a traumatic experience in public. People want me to talk about #BlackLivesMatter. The college intervenes and offers to handle calls from the press for me. I am deeply grateful, because this allows me to concentrate on my job and my students. CNN calls the college and wants to know if I will talk to Don Lemon. I tell the school that I will talk to anyone at CNN except Don Lemon. I get hate mail.

Lisa Tung, the exhibitions director at the college, asks me what work I want to put in the biennial faculty show. I decide to make the piece I thought was agitprop. I call Carmine, my neon fabricator. I want him to make a sign that mimics police light and spells out what is lost. I research police killings of unarmed civilians. I find no central list. I find no definitive list. I find no government statistics. I rely on activist sources. I rely on the Guardian. I make the piece. It is installed in the faculty show. It is a timeline. Its information: date, name, gender, city, state, method of killing. I title it “A Partial List of Unarmed African-Americans who were Killed by Police or who Died in Police Custody During my Sabbatical from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2014-2015.”

Steve Locke, "A Partial List of Unarmed African-Americans who were Killed by Police or who Died in Police Custody During my Sabbatical from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2014-2015" (2016), paint on wall with vinyl text, neon, dimensions variable

Steve Locke, “A Partial List of Unarmed African-Americans who were Killed by Police or who Died in Police Custody During my Sabbatical from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2014-2015” (2016), paint on wall with vinyl text, neon, dimensions variable

There are 262 names.

People tell me that they look at the wall and measure time. They lift up the people in their thoughts. Someone asks me if I am influenced by Maya Lin. I answer that we all are influenced by Maya Lin.

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08/02/2014Omar AbregoMale37Los AngelesCABeaten
08/03/2014Jacorey CalhounMale23OaklandCAGunshot
08/04/2014Amir BrooksMale17WashingtonDCVehicle
08/05/2014Jeremey LakeMale19TulsaOKGunshot
08/05/2014John H. Crawford IIIMale22BeavercreekOHGunshot
08/06/2014Michael Laray DozerMale26BakersfieldCAGunshot
08/09/2014Michael BrownMale18FergusonMOGunshot
08/11/2014Torrez HarrisMale52CantonMSGunshot
08/11/2014Ezell FordMale25Los AngelesCAGunshot
08/11/2014Eddie DavisMale67DekalbTXGunshot
08/12/2014Dante ParkerMale36VictorvilleCATasered
08/13/2014Corey Levert TannerMale24BunnelFLGunshot
08/14/2014Michelle CusseauxFemale50PhoenixAZGunshot
08/17/2014Levon Leroy LoveMale44San AntonioTXTasered
08/18/2014Luther Lathron WalkerMale38BellflowerCAGunshot
08/18/2014Andre Maurice JonesMale37Los AngelesCAGunshot
08/19/2014Darius ColegarritMale21ChicagoILGunshot
08/19/2014David EllisMale29PhiladelphiaPAGunshot
08/19/2014Kajieme PowellMale25St. LouisMOGunshot
08/20/2014Arvel Douglas WilliamsMale30Perry HallMDTasered
08/22/2014Vernicia WoodardFemale26HapevilleGAGunshot
08/23/2014Anthony Lamar BrownMale39West Palm BeachFLGunshot
08/23/2014Briant PaulaMale26MethuenMAVehicle
08/24/2014Rondre HornbeakMale38ArdmoreOKUnknown
08/25/2014Desean PittmanMale20ChicagoILGunshot
08/25/2014Steven Lashone DouglasMale29DallasTXGunshot
08/26/2014Roshad McIntoshMale18ChicagoILGunshot
08/26/2014Cortez WashingtonMale32OmahaNEGunshot
08/29/2014Jeremy LewisMale33OrlandoFLGunshot
08/31/2014Naim OwensMale22BrooklynNYGunshot
08/31/2014Eugene N. Turner IIIMale28Kansas CityMOGunshot
09/02/2014Kendrick BrownMale35ClevelandOHGunshot
09/08/2014Alphonse Edward PerkinsMale50Los AngelesCAGunshot
09/12/2014Darrien Nathaniel HuntMale22Saratoga SpringsUTGunshot
09/12/2014Elijah JacksonMale33KnoxvilleTNGunshot
09/15/2014Kerry Lynn BrownMale26LaceyWAGunshot
09/15/2014Michael BontyMale23WasillaAKGunshot
09/16/2014Kashad AshfordMale23RutherfordNJGunshot
09/18/2014Charles SmithMale29SavannahGAGunshot
09/18/2014Michael M. Willis Jr.Male42JenningsMOGunshot
09/23/2014Cameron TillmanMale14HoumaLAGunshot
09/24/2014Nolan AndersonMale50LaPlaceLAGunshot
09/27/2014Eugene WilliamsMale38Kansas CityMOTasered
09/28/2014Oliver Jarrod GregoireMale26BaytownTXTasered
09/30/2014Javonta DardenMale20AthensGAGunshot
09/30/2014Marlon S. WoodstockMale38SunriseFLGunshot
10/01/2014Tracy Ann Oglesby WadeFemale39LouisvilleKYGunshot
10/04/2014Lashano J. GilbertMale31New LondonCTTasered
10/06/2014Balantine MbegbuMale65PhoenixAZTasered
10/07/2014O’Shaine EvansMale26San FranciscoCAGunshot
10/07/2014Aljarreau CrossMale29North Las VegasNVGunshot
10/08/2014VonDerrit D. Myers Jr.Male18St. LouisMOGunshot
10/09/2014Ahaviel T. WhitfieldMale39DecaturGAGunshot
10/10/2014Elisha Paul GlassMale20ColumbusOHGunshot
10/10/2014Qusean WhittenMale18ColumbusOHGunshot
10/11/2014Derryl DraytonMale51James IslandSCGunshot
10/13/2014Macario Cisneros GarciaMale54PleasantonTXTasered
10/14/2014Rikessa La’Shae LeeFemale21LormanMSVehicle
10/17/2014Adam Ardett MadisonMale28WarriorALGunshot
10/23/2014Zale ThompsonMale32JamaicaNYGunshot
10/24/2014Keonna RedmondFemale15JacksonMSVehicle
10/25/2014Florence WhiteFemale51GreensboroNCVehicle
10/25/2014Craig HallMale29MaywoodILGunshot
10/27/2014Christopher Mason McCrayMale17FayettevilleNCVehicle
10/28/2014Kaldrick DonaldMale24GretnaFLGunshot
10/29/2014Vincent Omear ThomasMale33FlorenceSCVehicle
11/01/2014Johnn T. Wilson IIIMale22Las VegasNVGunshot
11/01/2014Michael D. McDougleMale29PhiladelphiaMSTasered, Beaten
11/02/2014Charles Emmett LoganMale68MaplewoodMNTasered
11/03/2014Christopher AndersonMale27Highland ParkILGunshot
11/03/2014Raphael ThomasMale29AkronOHGunshot
11/06/2014Cinque D’JahsporaMale20JacksonTNGunshot
11/08/2014Carlos DavenportMale50Kansas CityKSGunshot
11/09/2014Aura RosserFemale40Ann ArborMIGunshot
11/13/2014Tanisha N. AndersonFemale37ClevelandOHTasered, Physical restraint
11/13/2014Darnell Dayron StaffordMale31TrentonNJGunshot
11/18/2014Ronald Glennlewis EvansMale30BunnellFLVehicle
11/19/2014Keara CrowderFemale29MemphisTNGunshot
11/20/2014Akai GurleyMale28BrooklynNYGunshot
11/22/2014Tamir E. RiceMale12ClevelandOHGunshot
11/24/2014O’Tavis HallMale35WinchesterCAGunshot
11/24/2014Leonardo Marquette LittleMale33JacksonvilleFLGunshot
11/25/2014Eric RicksMale30MesquiteTXTasered
12/02/2014Rumain BrisbonMale34PhoenixAZGunshot
12/02/2014William Mark JonesMale50Red SpringsNCTasered
12/02/2014Isaac Lee RicksMale68Los AngelesCAGunshot
12/02/2014Rumain BrishonMale34PhoenixAZGunshot
12/04/2014Keenan ArdoinMale24Ville PlatteLAMedical emergency, Drug overdose, pepper spray
12/07/2014Jerry Demonte NowlinMale39Oklahoma CityOKGunshot
12/08/2014Christopher Bernard DossMale31San AntonioTXGunshot
12/09/2014Calvin PetersMale49BrooklynNYGunshot
12/10/2014Travis FaisonMale24SanfordNCGunshot
12/12/2014Thurrell JowersMale22Poplar BluffMOGunshot
12/13/2014Joseph Michael RodriguezMale19TopekaKSGunshot
12/14/2014Xavier McDonaldMale16NashvilleTNGunshot
12/14/2014Michael D. SultonMale23RidgelandMSGunshot
12/15/2014Dennis Grisgby Jr.Male35TexarkanaTXGunshot
12/15/2014Brandon Tate BrownMale26PhiladelphiaPAGunshot
12/19/2014Terrell BeasleyMale28Saint LouisMOGunshot
12/23/2014Antonio MartinMale18BerkeleyMOGunshot
12/26/2014Quentin SmithMale23CocoaFLGunshot
12/26/2014Carlton Wayne “Chimmy” SmithMale20Texas CityTXGunshot
12/27/2014David Andre ScottMale28JacksonvilleFLGunshot
12/29/2014Kevin DavisMale44DecaturGAGunshot
12/30/2014Jerame C. ReidMale36BridgetonNJGunshot
12/31/2014Eric Tyrone ForbesMale28MiamiFLGunshot
01/01/2015Matthew OjibadeMale22SavannahGAUnknown
01/06/2015Brian PickettMale26Los AngelesCATasered
01/06/2015Leslie Sapp IIIMale47KnoxvillePAGunshot
01/07/2015Andre Larone Murphy Sr.Male42NorfolkNETasered
01/07/2015Ronald “Maynard” SneedMale31FreeportTXGunshot
01/07/2015Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-RasheedMale41ColumbusOHGunshot
01/07/2015Omarr JacksonMale37New OrleansLAGunshot
01/08/2015Artago Damon HowardMale36StrongARGunshot
01/11/2015Elarry Brumfield Jr.Male31PascagoulaMSFire
01/14/2015Marcus Ryan GoldenMale24St. PaulMNGunshot
01/15/2015DeWayne CarrMale45ScottsdaleAZGunshot
01/15/2015Donte SowellMale27IndianapolisINGunshot
01/15/2015Kavonda Earl PaytonMale39AuroraCOGunshot
01/15/2015Mario A. JordanMale34ChesapeakeVAGunshot
01/16/2015Rodney WalkerMale23TulsaOKGunshot
01/17/2015Terence WalkerMale21MuskogeeOKGunshot
01/17/2015Daniel BrumleyMale27Fort WorthTXGunshot
01/21/2015Isaac HolmesMale19St. LouisMOGunshot
01/24/2015Darin HutchinsMale26BaltimoreMDGunshot
01/27/2015Jermonte FletcherMale33ColumbusOHGunshot
01/31/2015Edward Donnell Bright Sr.Male56RandallstownMDGunshot
02/03/2015Ledarius D. WilliamsMale23St. LouisMOGunshot
02/03/2015Yuvette HendersonFemale38OaklandCAGunshot
02/03/2015Dewayne Deshawn Ward Jr.Male29AntiochCAGunshot
02/04/2015Markell AtkinsMale36MemphisTNGunshot
02/04/2015Jimmy Ray Robinson Jr.Male51LorenaTXGunshot
02/06/2015Herbert HillMale26Oklahoma CityOKGunshot
02/07/2015James Howard AllenMale74GastoniaNCGunshot
02/09/2015Desmond Luster Sr.Male45DallasTXGunshot
02/10/2015Anthony BessMale48MemphisTNGunshot
02/11/2015Phillip WatkinsMale23San JoseCAGunshot
02/15/2015Lavall HallMale25Miami GardensFLGunshot
02/18/2015Janisha FonvilleFemale20CharlotteNCGunshot
02/20/2015Douglas HarrisMale77BirminghamALGunshot
02/20/2015Terry PriceMale41TulsaOKTasered
02/20/2015Stanley Lamar GrantMale38BirminghamALGunshot
02/20/2015Alejandro SalazarMaleHoustonTXGunshot
02/22/2015Calvon A. ReidMale39Coconut CreekFLTasered
02/23/2015A’Donte WashingtonMale18MillbrookALGunshot
02/25/2015Glenn C. LewisMale37Oklahoma CityOKGunshot
02/28/2015Cornelius J. ParkerMale28ColumbiaMOGunshot
02/28/2015Thomas Allen Jr.Male34St. LouisMOGunshot
02/28/2015Ian SherrodMale40TarboroNCGunshot
03/01/2015Charly Leundeu “Africa” KeunangMale43Los AngelesCAGunshot
03/01/2015Darrell “Hubbard” GatewoodMale47Oklahoma CityOKTasered
03/03/2015Fednel RhinvilMale25SalisburyMDGunshot
03/05/2015Tyrone Ryerson LawrenceMale45MilwaukeeWIGunshot
03/06/2015Tony Terrell RobinsonMale19MadisonWIGunshot
03/06/2015Naeschylus VinzantMale37AuroraCOGunshot
03/06/2015Bernard MooreMale62AtlantaGAVehicle
03/06/2015Andrew Anthony WilliamsMale48MelroseFLGunshot
03/08/2015Monique Jenee DeckardFemale43AnaheimCAGunshot
03/09/2015Anthony HillMale27ChambleeGAGunshot
03/09/2015Cedrick Lamont BishopMale30CocoaFLGunshot
03/10/2015Terrance MoxleyMale29MansfieldOHTasered
03/10/2015Theodore J. Johnson Sr.Male64ClevelandOHGunshot
03/11/2015Terry Garnett Jr.Male37ElktonMDGunshot
03/17/2015Askari RobertsMale35RomeGATasered
03/19/2015Kendre AlstonMale16JacksonvilleFLGunshot
03/19/2015Brandon JonesMale18ClevelandOHGunshot
03/21/2015Romeo Roddrick StaplesMale20PalatkaFLVehicle
03/22/2015Denzel BrownMale21IslipNYGunshot
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03/24/2015Walter J. Brown IIIMale29PortsmouthVAGunshot
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03/27/2015Jamalis HallMale39Fort PierceFLGunshot
03/28/2015Meagan HockadayFemale26OxnardCAGunshot
03/30/2015Mya Ricky Shawatza HallTransgender27Fort George MeadeMDGunshot
03/30/2015Dominick R. WiseMale30CulpeperVATaser
03/31/2015Anthony StokesMale17RoswellGAVehicle
03/31/2015Phillip WhiteMale32VinelandNJBeaten
03/31/2015Tyrail EzellMale31NashvilleTNGunshot
04/01/2015Robert WashingtonMale37HawthorneCAGunshot
04/02/2015Eric Courtney HarrisMale44TulsaOKGunshot
04/02/2015Donald “Dontay” Shaw IvyMale39AlbanyNYTasered, medical emergency, beaten
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04/04/2015Walter Lamar ScottMale50North CharlestonSCGunshot
04/04/2015Justus HowellMale17ZionILGunshot
04/04/2015Paul Anthony AndersonMale31AnaheimCAGunshot
04/06/2015Desmond WillisMale25HarveyLAGunshot
04/08/2015Dexter BetheaMale42ValdostaGAGunshot
04/09/2015Don Oneal Smith Jr.Male29MononINGunshot
04/12/2015Freddie GrayMale25BaltimoreMDMedical emergency
04/12/2015Mack LongMale36IndianapolisINGunshot
04/14/2015Colby RobinsonMale26DallasTXGunshot
04/15/2015Frank Ernest Shephard IIIMale41HoustonTXGunshot
04/15/2015Tevin BarkleyMale22MiamiFLGunshot
04/16/2015Darrell Lawrence BrownMale31HagerstownMDTasered
04/17/2015Jeffery KempMale18ChicagoILGunshot
04/17/2015Thaddeus McCarrollMale23JenningsMOGunshot, first shot with a “less-lethal” round of some sort
04/19/2015Norman CooperMale33San AntonioTXTasered
04/21/2015Daniel WolfeMale35UnionNJGunshot
04/22/2015William L. Chapman IIMale18PortsmouthVAGunshot, Tasered
04/24/2015Todd Jamal DyeMale20TrinidadCOGunshot
04/25/2015David FelixMale24New YorkNYGunshot
04/27/2015Terrance KellomMale20DetroitMIGunshot
04/28/2015Jared JohnsonMale22New OrleansLAGunshot
04/29/2015Jeffery O. AdkinsMale53EmporiaVAGunshot
04/30/2015Alexia ChristianFemale25AtlantaGAGunshot
05/03/2015Elton SimpsonMale30GarlandTXGunshot
05/04/2015Ricardo BlackmonMale27JacksonMSVehicle
05/05/2015Brendon “Dizzle” GlennMale29VeniceCAGunshot
05/06/2015Jason ChampionMale41SecaucusNJVehicle
05/06/2015Nuwnah LarocheFemale34SecaucusNJVehicle
05/07/2015Nephi ArriguinMale21CerritosCAGunshot
05/08/2015Dedrick MarshallMale48HarveyLAGunshot
05/10/2015Lionel Lorenzo YoungMale34LandoverMDGunshot
05/11/2015Kelvin Antonie GoldstonMale30Fort WorthTXGunshot
05/12/2015D’Angelo Reyes StallworthMale28JacksonvilleFLGunshot
05/19/2015Anthony Quinn Gomez Jr.Male29LancasterPAGunshot
05/20/2015Marcus D. WheelerMale26OmahaNEGunshot
05/20/2015Chrislon TalbottMale38OwensboroKYGunshot
05/20/2015Markus ClarkMale26Fort LauderdaleFLMedical Emergency
05/21/2015Javoris Reshaud WashingtonMale29Fort LauderdaleFLGunshot
05/21/2015Jerome Thomas CaldwellMale32CharlestonSCGunshot
05/23/2015Caso JacksonMale25DetroitMIGunshot
05/25/2015Anthony Dewayne BriggsMale36HuntsvilleALGunshot
05/26/2015Dalton BranchMale51New YorkNYGunshot
05/28/2015Kenneth DothardMale40CarrolltonGAGunshot
05/29/2015Kevin AllenMale36LyndhurstNJGunshot
05/31/2015Richard Gregory DavisMale50RochesterNYTaser
06/02/2015Usaama RahimMale26BostonMAGunshot
06/03/2015Sherman Byrd Jr.Male24ChesterPAVehicle
06/04/2015Andrew EllerbeMale33PhiladelphiaPAGunshot
06/06/2015Demouria HoggMale30OaklandCAGunshot
06/08/2015Ross AnthonyMale25DallasTXTasered
06/09/2015Quandavier HicksMale22CincinnatiOHGunshot
06/10/2015Isiah HamptonMale19New YorkNYGunshot
06/11/2015Fritz SevereMale46MiamiFLGunshot
06/15/2015Kris JacksonMale22South Lake TahoeCAGunshot
06/16/2015Jermaine BenjaminMale41Vero BeachFLMedical emergency
06/19/2015Trepierre HummonsMale21CincinnatiOHGunshot
06/20/2015Kevin BajoieMale31Baton RougeLATasered
06/20/2015Alfontish CockerhamMale23ChicagoILGunshot
06/22/2015Tyrone Dale Harris Jr.Male20PittsburghPAGunshot
06/24/2015Damien Alexander HarrellMale26YorktownVAGunshot
06/25/2015Spencer McCainMale41Owings MillsMDGunshot
07/02/2015Victo Larosa IIIMale23JacksonvilleFLGunshot
07/04/2015Kawanza Jamal BeatyMale23Newport NewsVAGunshot
07/04/2015Robert Elando MaloneMale42Oklahoma CityOKGunshot
07/04/2015Maximo RabasaMale52MiamiFLTasered
07/06/2015Jason HendleyMale29Los AngelesCAGunshot
07/07/2015Marcellus Jamarcus BurleyMale18Missouri CityTXGunshot
07/08/2015Jonathan SandersMale39StonewallMSAsphyxiated
07/10/2015Anthony Dewayne WareMale35TuscaloosaALMedical emergency
07/10/2015Freddie Lee BlueMale20CovingtonGAGunshot
07/11/2015George MannMale35Stone MountainGATasered
07/13/2015Sandra BlandFemale28HempsteadTXAsphyxiated, ruled suicide
07/19/2015Samuel DuBoseMale43CincinnatiOHGunshot
08/06/2015Troy RobinsonMale33DecaturGATasered
08/07/2015Christian TaylorMale19ArlingtonTXGunshot
08/14/2015Asshams Pharoah ManleyMale30SpauldingsMDGunshot
08/28/2015Felix KumiMale61Mt. VernonNYGunshot
08/31/2015John Carney IIIMale48CincinnatiOHTasered

Someone will say their names, and they will be alive a little longer.

Steve Locke, "A Partial List of Unarmed African-Americans who were Killed by Police or who Died in Police Custody During my Sabbatical from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2014-2015" (detail, 2016), paint on wall with vinyl text, neon, dimensions variable

Steve Locke, “A Partial List of Unarmed African-Americans who were Killed by Police or who Died in Police Custody During my Sabbatical from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2014-2015” (detail, 2016), paint on wall with vinyl text, neon, dimensions variable

Steve Locke ( is a visual artist and educator in Boston.

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