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This zine is dedicated to black women.
Read the stories of 11 black women who have been
killed by law enforcement. Know their names.
See their faces. Remember their stories.
Underground Sketchbook was inspired by a
subversive Alsatian artist and holocaust survivor,
Tomi Ungerer. He has published over 140 books
ranging from classic children’s books to controversial
adult work, including a book called “Underground
Sketchbook,” which was filled with controversial
anti-war illustrations. His outspoken nature and
erotic art caused his books to be banned from all
libraries. In 1971, he left America and went into
professional exile for 23 years. It was not until 2008
that his books began to be republished.
Underground Sketchbook is a multi-platform for
collective ATX based artists to create social justice art.
As our world seems to teeter upon destruction and
perpetual war, we must come together against those
with lust for power and wealth. Art is a strong bond
that connects our humanity, across all races,
nationalities, genders, cultures and demographics.
Let our voices grow together in diversity and unison
to break through the barriers of this harsh reality. The
depth of your experiences should not be measured by
your ability to explain yourself.
Mainstream media is obsolete. Let’s render it useless
with compassionate and creative messages through
our preferred medium.
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— Audre Lorde
Mother of Two
Location: East Austin, Texas
Time of Death: June 11, 2002
Sophia was shot and killed by APD officer,
John Coffey, at Rosewood Courts.
Her body laid in the street for 3 hours. The coroner
was not even called until an hour and a half after
Sophia had been declared dead by EMS.
Even before the investigation of King’s death was
complete, Officer Coffey was invited back to the
academy to lecture police cadets on “what it is like” to
be in a police shooting. Officer Coffey was promoted
to corporal October 2003.
Mother of Two
Location: Bastrop, Texas
Time of Death: February 16, 2014
(Right after midnight)
Bastrop County Deputy Daniel Willis arrived at
Yvette’s home for a reported domestic disturbance
alleging that two males were arguing in the presence
of a gun. Yvette opened the door.
Willis opened fire and murdered Yvette.
Police initially claimed that she had a gun and then
retracted the statement.
Mother of Two
Location: Houston, Texas
Time of Death: December 6, 2012
Shelly Frey was shot dead attempting to drive away
from off-duty sheriff deputy Louis Campbell who
suspected her of shoplifting. He fired when Shelly
and her two alleged accomplices accelerated when he
opened the car door.There were two small children in
the car at the time of the shooting.
Someone called 911 to report Shelly with a
gunshot wound in a car in a parking lot of a nearby
apartment complex. Shelly was pronounced dead at
Known to her neighbors as “Miss Sully”
Location: Hearne, Texas
Time of Death: May 07, 2014
(Before 10 pm)
Pearlie Golden’s nephew called 911 about his aunt’s
possession of a gun. A few days ago, the Texas
Department of Public Safety refused to renew her
driver’s license. The nephew was trying to take her
keys away. Golden got upset, grabbed her gun and
When Officer Stephen Stem arrived, he asked Golden
to put down the weapon and then ultimately fired his
own sidearm, killing Miss Golden. City officials called
it a “knee-jerk reaction.”
Multiple witnesses say they heard at least five shots.
Golden was pronounced dead at St Joseph’s Hospital
This is the second time Officer Stephen Stem has
killed somebody. Stem was fired.
The investigation continues with the likelihood that it
will be presented to a grand jury.
Mother of 6
Location: Lima, Ohio
Time of Death: January 4, 2008
Tarika was shot and killed by a police officer during
a drug raid and has settled a wrongful death lawsuit
against the city for $2.5 million.
Wilson was holding her 1-year-old son in her arms
when she died. The child was also shot and later had a
Police Sgt. Joseph Chavalia, who killed Wilson, was
acquitted of criminal charges in her death and has
since returned to work, though he is no longer
allowed to patrol the streets.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Time of Death: March 21, 2012
(Around 1 am)
Rekia Boyd was shot in the back of the head by Officer
Dante Servin while she was with a group of friends
near a park in Chicago’s West Side.
Witness Antonio Cross, the man Servin shot in the
hand, claimed the off-duty detective was drunk when
he fired on the group.
Servin faces a trial for involuntary manslaughter
sometime in 2015. He could be sentenced to two to
five years in prison.
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Time of Death: May 16, 2010
(Around 12:40 am)
Officer Joseph Weekley, the lead commando—who’d been
featured before on “First 48 Hour,” a reality detective TV show
on A&E Networks, Detroit SWAT—burst into the Aiyana’s
house. His weapon fired a single shot, the bullet striking
Aiyana in the head and exiting her neck.
Weekley claimed Aiyana Jones’ paternal grandmother Mertilla
Jones attempted to grab his gun, causing it to fire.
On October 4, 2011, Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley was
indicted on an involuntary manslaughter charge.
Allison Howard, a videographer and photographer with A&E
who was also present at the raid, was indicted on obstruction
of justice and perjury for allegedly showing a recording of the
raid to a “third party.” Federal prosecutors say that Howard
had provided false testimony to investigators about the
shooting and that Weekley’s action were reckless and he had
lied to the police in an effort to blame Jones’ family for her
death. In June 2013, Howard pled “no contest” to an
obstruction of justice charge, and the perjury charge against
her was dismissed. She was sentenced to two years of
probation in July 2013 and was fined $2,000.
On October 3, 2013 the judge dismissed the involuntary
manslaughter charge against Weekley, leaving him on trial for
only one charge: recklessly discharging a firearm.
On October 10, 2013 the second trial ended in an another
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Time of Death: July 8, 2012
Adaisha Miller was “accidentally,” killed by off-duty
deputy police officer the day before her 25th birthday.
At a fish fry hosted by Detroit police officer Issac
Parrish in his backyard, Adaisha hugged Parrish and
the weapon discharged, puncturing her lung and
striking her in the heart.
David Balash, a former Michigan State Police firearms
examiner, said the investigation should look at the
gun’s angle given that Adaisha was shot in the chest.
“What’s going to be very important here is the angle
of the entry of the wound to the victim (and) if there
is in fact any gunpowder residue,” Balash said. “I’m
having a great deal of difficulty understanding how
a weapon that’s pointed at the ground can be turned
literally 110 degrees minimum to be in an upward
position to strike someone.”
Johnson was never suspended or taken off-duty,
though he was temporarily assigned to desk duty
following Adaisha’s death. Miller’s family tried to re-
open the case for an extensive independent
investigation. It was denied.
Location: Queens, New York
Time of Death: March 15, 2012
Shereese wasn’t taking the medication prescribed for
her schizophrenia. Her sister called 311, hoping to get
Shereese to a hospital.
Four police officers responded to the call, arriving at
10:20 pm. They chased Francis through the house,
ultimately cornering her in a basement bedroom,
forcing her face-down on the bed and applying
pressure while they cuffed her.
Within 20 minutes of police arriving, Shereese had
stopped breathing. A few hours later she was taken to
Jamaica Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Location: Harrisburg City, Pennsylvania
Time of Death: August 9th, 2012
Shulena was found lying under a police SUV while
crossing Market Street near the intersection of South
20th Street. Officer Steven Novacek was driving and
hit Shulena who was waiting to board a bus.
Witnesses say he looked preoccupied.
Location: Rubidoux, California
Time of Death: December 28, 1998
Tyisha was shot dead by police officers called by
family members who could not wake her as she lay
unconscious In a Car.
The incident sparked demonstrations and protests
amid claims of police racism. The officers involved
were fired from Riverside Police Department but did
not face prosecution due to insufficient evidence.
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