Tyrone West, 44, died after a struggle with Baltimore police officers on July 18, 2013 during a traffic stop. He was profiled and pulled for the usual reasoning of suspicious activity. Based on eye witness accounts he was beaten to death by the officers during a struggle when he resisted arrest. One witness told investigators that police officers pulled West out of his car "by his dreads and started beating him with batons and maced him, he got up and called for help and the cops knocked him over again and beat him to death, then tried to bring him back." Tyrone was killed almost a week after the acquittal of George Zimmerman on July 13 and two years before the killing of Freddie Gray while in custody by Baltimore police. His sister, Tawanda Jones has been holding weekly vigils, West Wednesdays, every week since her brother's killing. Its been 1008 days and there is still no justice for Tyrone West.
This piece was commissioned by Greenpants/Luminous Intervention based in Baltimore including fellow artist/activist Ada Pinkston who have been projecting on city walls, amongst other visuals, images of people whose deaths have inspired the Black Lives Matter movement.