The film Marvin Booker Was Murdered examines excessive force and homicide committed by Denver law enforcement, the Denver Sheriff’s Department’s failure to investigate itself properly, the district attorney’s refusal to prosecute the deputies, and the Booker family’s lawsuit against the city, which resulted in one of the largest settlements in Denver’s history.
A screening of the film, which features interviews with Booker’s relatives, city officials, journalists and civil-rights attorneys, is on April 11 at Park Hill UCC, 2600 Leyden. Doors open at 6 pm and the film begins at 6:40 pm. Free to the public.
Prior to the film is the premiere of the short documentary, “Momma, Elvis, & Jesus”, a tribute to Michael Marshall, another victim of excessive force by the Denver Sheriff’s Department. The film played a pivotal role in convincing the City of Denver to settle their case with the Marshall family, instead of going to trial.
After the film, Wade Gardner, the director of both films; Darold Killmer and Mari Newman, the Bookers’ attorneys; the Michael Marshall family; and Alex Landau, co-founder of Denver Justice Project, will field questions and answers.
The Denver Justice Project works with historically marginalized communities to address systemic racism by transforming law enforcement and the structure of the criminal justice system through intersectional movement building, direct action, advocacy, and collaborative education. Park Hill UCC is a diverse community of seekers inspired by the teachings of Jesus and called to bold acts of compassion and justice.