Aimee Green // Headless torsos in #Portland courtroom evoke #lynchings, critics say

Headless torsos in Portland courtroom evoke lynchings, critics say | OregonLive.com – “Disgusting,” tweeted Teressa Raiford, founder of the Don’t Shoot PDX movement and a member of Black Lives Matter. “Why on earth would someone at the DAs office think this was okay?” tweeted Bobbin Singh, executive director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, a non-profit that advocates for criminal justice reform. “The imagery is too much.” Singh told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Thursday that the display evokes the imagery of past lynchings and sends a subliminal message to people of color that they’re still not as valuable as white people. “It just demonstrates that there’s so much work to be done,” Singh said. “So much education to be done.” Prosecutors Glen Banfield and Eric Zimmerman have used the display during the two-week trial of Marcellus Ramon Allen, who faces life in prison with a 25-year minimum if found guilty of murder. Closing arguments in the courtroom of Judge Jerry Hodson are expected Friday.

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