1. Patsy Hathaway and her son, Alex Landau, interviewed each other on the August 15 Storycorps podcast and it’s exceptionally powerful.
Hathaway starts with the story of 8-year-old Landau covering himself up on a hot day because he didn’t want to get any darker. She says she was naive about the way race would affect Landau’s life, though, until he was assaulted by police.
2. “I thought that love would conquer all and skin color really didn’t matter,” she says.
Hathaway’s optimism ended in 2009 when 19-year-old Landau was threatened and violently beaten by Denver police after making an illegal left turn. These images are screen grabs from an interview Hathaway and Landau did recently with CBS News.
5. In this Youtube video from 2011, he talks and raps about his experience.
“I’m not the first, I’m not saying they did me the worst, but I’m blessed to take steps on this mother earth.”
6. “I was another face in the streets, and I was almost another dead black male.”
Landau received a $795,000 settlement, but the officers who beat Landau were not charged. He was the subject of an award-winning feature story in the Denver Westword News and has taken up the fight against police brutality alongside his mother.
7. As people stand up and speak out against police brutality in Ferguson, it’s important to remember that Landau’s story doesn’t stand alone.
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