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Submitted narratives

Narratives of experiences with police in and around Cleveland.

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Spring 2020 Uprising

Amid a global pandemic with record unemployment, residents take to the streets to protest the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Cleveland's Desmond Franklin and others.


Protest Posters of People Killed by Police

Veteran activist remembers stolen lives shares stories of the people on his protest posters.


May 2017 Testimonials from Juvenile Detention Inmates

Stories collected from inmates at Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center about their experiences with police.

April 2017 Testimonials

The website for A People's Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland was formally launched along with a Launch Day event at the MLK branch of Cleveland's Public Library on April 8, 2017. These contributions were recorded at that event.


Cleveland Activism to Stop Police Violence

For more on this topic, see the "Puncture the Silence - Stop Mass Incarceration" collection

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Puncture the Silence-Stop Mass Incarceration Background

This collection contains documentation of the history of Puncture the Silence-Stop Mass Incarceration, an affiliate of The Stop Mass Incarceration Network.


Press Coverage

Press coverage of Cleveland Police Violence and related activism.


Righting the Record Oral History Project

On August 18, 2015, and August 19, 2015, community organizers in Cleveland and archivists attending the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists collaborated to gather the stories of Cleveland residents who have been impacted by police violence. The two-day event, entitled Righting the Record, coincided with the creation of this Archive, which itself grew out of a response to the May 2015 acquittal of officer Michael Brelo for his role in the 2012 killings of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell. The oral history interviews in this collection were gathered on the streets of…

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People's Tribunal on Police Brutality

The People’s Tribunal on Police Brutality was held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, on the campus of Cleveland State University. Organized by the local activist group Puncture the Silence-Stop Mass Incarceration, the tribunal gave voice to courageous testifiers who refused to remain silent about their harrowing experiences with law enforcement officers and prison guards. Puncture the Silence is grateful for, and would like to acknowledge, very helpful consultation with Efia Nwangaza, of the Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination, in Greenville, South Carolina, in the initial…