Ford, Jr.,’s killing. Essentially I was getting paid to watch hundreds of movies a year, and by the time I left, after ten years, we were fielding over a thousand requests for development funding, money for finishing long films, and support for short films. A white assistant district attorney in Brooklyn had brought up to believe that “our principal job in life was to love each “I took what I had and I have turned it into something bigger, because I had to make his death mean something.”. Ford was unarmed. Ford believes that 20 years of “stress and self-blame and second-guessing and disappointment and anger” contributed to her death. Mark Reilly, a 19-year-old mechanic at Super Stang Auto Body in Central Islip, New York, where Ford’s girlfriend’s car was being serviced. As for the presidential pardoning of sheriff Arpaio, Ford notes that it is “a de facto admission of guilt. Reilly had De film ging in januari 2017 in première op het Sundance Film Festival en werd uitgebracht door Netflix. Ford obtained the 2011-2012 Fledgling Fund Fellowship in trying to establish what happened the night that William Ford, Jr., was resentment of black anger. A grand jury - which was comprised of 23 white people - later decided whether there was sufficient evidence to put the accused - Mark Reilly - on trial. Her son had happened to the Ford family afterward. children to judge people by their character, not by the color of their We learn how Long Island’s racism was better concealed – how black families were permitted to buy property only in a few tightly zoned areas. “Just wait till we get to court,” said Ford’s mother as they buried William. Though Reilly and the officials who originally handled the case could not be reached for comment by PEOPLE, former Suffolk County, New York, investigator James Hughes says in the documentary that the evidence supported the grand jury’s decision. Like his own mother, he says: “She has joined the club that no one wants to belong to.” “In perhaps the darkest moment of her life, at her daughter’s funeral, that she was able to rise to the occasion and provide a clear moral voice for our country shows how the burden of bearing grief and surviving and living with the homicide of your child is also coupled with the unbearable responsibility of stepping into the role of spokesperson.”. entrance exam to be a corrections officer. to indict Reilly for manslaughter, accepting the district attorney’s William Ford, Sr. had hoped to be a draftsman, but in order to take care “They could have been marching towards a cross to set it on fire.” He was especially moved by the mother of Heather Heyer, the counter-protester who was killed in Charlottesville. Alma mater: Hamilton College: Occupation: Director, film producer: Early life. As a result, he says: “I think he looks like, no offence to present company, every white man I’ve ever seen … he looks like anybody, anyone, everyone. tells us that she didn’t like it. What our staff is reading, watching, and listening to each week. Ford registers the slow, devastating impact of the incident on his family. comfort one another. Since then, we have had President Trump’s pardoning of sheriff Joe Arpaio, not to mention heavily armed Nazis, Klansmen and white supremacists marching through Charlottesville, a grotesque spectacle compounded by Trump’s failure to condemn them. The Ford family: William (back) and Yance (in white) with sister Lauren What black people are almost always called upon to do, and we saw this with the Charleston shootings [in which nine churchgoers were killed by a white-supremacist in 2015], is to forgive and offer redemption. “Some people gotta bend it!” he says with a smile. Introducing ... PEOPLE's Products Worth the Hype. White people have the ability to define themselves, to exert their agency in a way that they get to be believed. story itself. “disrespected” by the mechanic when she and Ford’s girlfriend came by to To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. Netflix's Strong Island airs on Netflix on September 15. The shooter, meanwhile, was discreetly spirited away from the crime scene. In the intervening years, following a succession of slayings of innocent and unarmed African Americans, it has become part of a national conversation – although it is turning into more of a national argument. system fails you? Dunmore Ford died during the making of the documentary, an “And I will push right back against it,” he says. autopsy report. William Ford Jr., a 24-year-old high school math teacher who’d been recently hailed as a hero for detaining an armed robber on the street, was shot and killed on April 7, 1992. “I did learn new information, but at the end of the process, I was still left with the realization that the man who killed my brother should have gone to trial but didn’t.”, “It is important to distinguish that Strong Island is not a film that is seeking to uncover evidence of guilt or that is objecting to a guilty or not-guilty verdict,” Yance says. More than twenty years later, the investigating officer on the case Ten years in the making, Ford’s award-winning Netflix documentary started as an intimate film about his brother’s murder in 1992. As Yance Barbara Dunmore Ford remembers that for not having had that talk with her older son, for telling her  In 2011 werd Ford genoemd door het magazine Filmmaker als een van de 25 New Faces of Independent Film. unfamiliar car that often parked across the street from their house, and Don’t talk back; above all, My argument is: Of course there was probable cause, because we know how low the bar for probable cause really is.”. Did he think twice about putting it in? Early life. The grand jury returned with a No True Bill,labelling Reilly's actions as those of self-defence in retaliation to the previous altercation, and that it was a justifiable shooting. The shop’s owner had a record of running And if you’re uncomfortable with me asking these questions, you should probably get up and go.” It is an arresting device, both confrontational and confessional. According to Kevin's account, William and Tom Datre were in the yard outside the garage. Strong Island is not an investigative documentary. City, William Ford, Jr., a twenty-four-year-old man, was shot and killed He wanted to get his family out of the city, and Reilly, who is white, was arrested for manslaughter but he claimed self-defense in the altercation at the shop with Ford, who was black. In 1972 realiseerden ze hun American Dream en kochten een huis in Central Islip. from the last pages of William Ford, Jr.,’s journal, and from his Here's a state-by-state guide to casting a ballot on Tuesday, Princess Diana died when Harry was just 12 years old, The Sweetest Photos of Princes Harry with Diana, First-Time Voters Across the Country Share Why the 2020 Election Matters to Them. Daugiau informacijos apie tai, kaip naudojame jūsų informaciją, rasite mūsų privatumo taisyklėse ir slapukų taisyklėse. “She expected it to work out,” Ford says of his mother. It is heartbreaking to hear Ford’s mother reproach herself The grand jury declined © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Meanwhile, Ford himself – now a transgender man – was then a student coming to terms with his sexual identity. “You know, I’m a welder. When the police showed up, they treated Myers, and the dying Ford, like criminals, rather than victims. become frustrated as a customer, forgetting all about inherited white "I will die believing that they didn't care because my son was a man of colour". experience gave her a love of teaching. William Ford Jr.'s 1992 shooting death motivated a 10-year quest for answers by his documentarian brother, Yance. Yance Ford’s hands shuffling the photographs, laying them out, and Yance He’s everywhere.”, It’s a bold admission. high-profile trial. details are important. Yance Ford’s documentary is about But when he questioned the force’s tactics, his life began to erode. great disservice in raising him the way we did,” she says. Questions about official procedure, conduct and extra-judicial influence go unanswered. picked up and brandished a car door, to some laughter in the shop. eighties, Polaroids that have turned into a family archive. William Ford had no record and was about to take the “My brother’s death picked up my life and put it down somewhere else,” Ford says. Jesmyn Ward’s Haunted Novel of the Gulf Coast, How Black Lives Matter Is Resisting Trump. "This person was not going to jail". When William spotted Reilly in the shop, and pointed him out as the mechanic who had cussed his mother, he followed him inside the garage, where Mark proceeded to shoot William in the chest with 22 caliber rifle. Sr., loved New York City, implicit in that is their escape from the And Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP. they’d left behind in black history. So relevant!’ I saw the word ‘relevant’ in my Facebook feed, like, a million times that year.
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