Story Pitch: Creative Control: HOW ARE CHICAGO CREATIVES RESPONDING TO RECENT POLICE SHOOTINGS OF ALTON STERLING AND PHILANDO CASTILLE?

In the city where the winds blow, Chicago, is now more ever at a time of crisis.

Spilling over the hands of social media and into to our latest mobile devices comes horrid videos of brutal police encounters with seemingly innocent bystanders. Mainstream news has began to exploit these situations of violence and have carefully painted a portrait of Chicago that has to much blood in the landscape. Violent events like these creates ripples within the community. We would like to share how creatives in the local communities express themselves after learning of these grisly incidents in their community. The subject is grim but instead of simply informing the details of what’s happening, let’s show the positivity being generated from artist, activists, and performers alike.

We plan on executing this story by approaching the source of creation and interviewing local creatives who directly reflect on police violence in their work. Another source of information on the subject will be to interview vendors or artist attending local street festivals and social reform events. By gathering the most recent updates on incidents of police brutality in Chicago we will provide the viewers with a foundation of information to better understand why the situation is a serious one and creatives that can transform this sad tale to an enlightening experience deserving of their story to be told.

By Joshua Perez, Justin Johnson, Jaaliyah Linson, Gabby Jakar

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