Artists Against Police Brutality or APB, is an anthology developed by Bill Campbell, the writer and owner of Rosarium Publishing, in response to the Staten Island Grand Jury decision in 2014 to not indict the officers that choked Eric Garner to death….and other related events.
APB is one of those books that is so important but is a very intense read. If you’re African-American, no…if you’re human, the stories will affect you on a visceral level. It took me awhile to get through this anthology and I actually thought that posting a review now might no longer be timely. Then David Joseph was shot this week and I was again reminded how important this work and others like it actually are. Not only to shine a light on the institutionalized methods of police brutality but to give people an outlet for the flood of emotions that often come from the constant media barrage of what often is portrayed as justifiable homicide at the hands of the police.