REL Song/Video "Public Transit" Addresses Violence & Abuse of Power By Police

Posted by Billyjam, August 3, 2011 12:12pm | Post a Comment

REL "Public Transit" (2011)

The brand new video for "Public Transit" by Bay Area producer REL (of the Drums & Ammo collective) revisits the still touchy topic among Bay Area residents of the fatal Oscar Grant shooting by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle on the Fruitvale BART platform in the early hours of New Year's Day, 2009. The instrumental (and sample based) track also addresses other Bay Area & Northern California incidents of fatal attacks on unarmed citizens on public transit by police. These include Ernesto Duenez, Jr. and, according to producer REL, "Charles Hill and Kenneth Harding, [who] have suffered a similar fate at the hands - and weapons - of Bay Police while utilizing the city's public transportation."

"The song and video were made to express the feelings of confusion, hurt, and anger in our community as a result of three police officer-involved shootings that have taken place on Bay Area public transit lines," shared REL who shot and directed the above video himself using just his iPhone while riding the BART; later editing in excerpts of YouTube clips of these recent police attacks. "The hardest part was being able to get across all of these emotions without any words at all," said REL of of the track that will appear on his forthcoming experimental instrumental album On My Way.

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