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October 13, 2015
Jake Schmutzler
(404) 518-6019
Musician Runs from Atlanta to New York City to Increase Awareness for Transparency Solutions in Police-Civilian Incidents
On September 20, 2015, Edward “Prohaize” Minta began running and cycling from the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA to Liberty Island in New York City, on a mission to increase awareness for solutions that create greater transparency and accountability between police officers and civilians through the implementation of body cameras. After 20 days, he has successfully traveled over 750 miles and completed his on-foot journey to the Statue of Liberty in NYC.
Campaign Photo Album
(Photography Credits: Devyn Springer and Jake Schmutzler)
Prohaize sacrificed body, time, and energy in the hope of influencing state officials nation-wide to mandate body cameras for all active duty police officers based on the research provided below. (Similar studies are currently being conducted)
Rialto, California's police department required all active duty officers to wear body cameras in 2012. One year later, the use of force by officers decreased by 60% and citizen complaints dropped by nearly 90%, according to a randomized study conducted by city officials. (Source) | (Study 2)
After traveling along the East Coast, Prohaize and his team spent two days meeting with fellow activists, spreading the Justice Trail message, and observing the 20th Anniversary “Justice or Else” Million Man March in Washington DC on October 10. On October 12, he visited the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina to pay respects to the victims who were killed in the tragic shooting earlier this year.
A videographer and a shoulder-mounted camera documented every step of the journey. This footage will be used in the production of a documentary detailing the Justice Trail adventure.
Publications and media outlets have begun interviewing Prohaize to find out why he is willing to sacrifice so much for the Justice Trail cause. Prohaize has interviewed with Colorlines and AFROPUNK about how body cameras can create greater transparency and accountability during police officers’ encounters with civilians.
Supporters of Justice Trail have already donated more than $1,200 towards the goal of $15,000 through the Justice Trail GoFundMe. The funds raised will be dispersed to Campaign Zero (We the Protesters), It's Bigger than You, and Run for Justice because these organizations continuously advocate for increased accountability and fairness in the justice system, while healing communities that have experienced police violence.
Additional details can be found at Donations can be made at Updates can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at “Justice Trail”.

Thank you,

Jake Schmutzler
(404) 518-6019
Copyright © 2015 Justice Trail, Inc., All rights reserved.

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