Joseph Kominkiewicz

Protest against Police in Durham, NC Schools
Location: Chapel Hill
Nationality: USA
Biography: I'm interested in expressions of individuality and showing them in the context of a broader cultural, political and intellectual history. Growing up in Indiana, I first encountered photography as a child when my mother gave me her very own... read on
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Protest against Police in Durham, NC Schools
A series of images of a June 13th, 2020 march and protest in Durham organized by recent high-school graduates. The recent graduates testified to the issues surrounding the use of "school resource officers" – active-duty police in public schools. After a short march, the former students gave a series of informal lectures, describing how the officers were often a disruptive and violent force in their lives. The common thread througout the students' stories is how the officers' status as police officers often elevated simple school-disciplinary issues to formal legal matters, which contributes to the creation of a school-to-prison pipleline for socially and economically vulnerable students.