Maker: Vermont S. Galloway; Westside Press
Date Made: 1970-1971
Place Made: United States; United States: California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 73.7 cm x 58.4 cm; 29 in x 23 in
Main Subject: Political Prisoners; Police Brutality
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Why???? Why???? Executed Upon returning from Vietnam? Jerry Lee Amie Vietnam, Veteran Law and Justice California Style They still Serve You Law and Justice California Style June 20, 1970 Murdered!! Shot 25 Times by L.A.P.D. It Only Takes 1 or 2 shots to Kill a Wild Animal! Vermont S. Galloway... 5618 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles Phone: 939-2322
Acquisition Number: 1995-056
In a videotaped interview on 12-30-2011, Los Angeles artist, David Mosley, addressed this poster and described how angry Vermont Galloway was when this Viet Nam vet was shot 25 times. Mosley didn't know how Galloway managed to get into the morgue for the photo. Galloway sent the poster to different government officials in protest. According the David Mosley, Galloway was killed by the police around 1970. Los Angeles Sentinel, Aprl 27, 1972, article by Barry P. Grier, describes autopsy finding for Galloway, 51, killed by LAPD. Buried in Annapolis, Md. killed April 17, 1972
Production Notes: 32400 poster on verso
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Jerry Lee Amie, a 24-year-old black Viet Nam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient, was shot to death by the LAPD in front of his home on June 20, 1970. He was unarmed. He was shot 28 times. As part of an attempted cover-up, a toy gun was planted near his body. His death spurred weeks of protests and was national news. Although Police Chief Edward Davis later described Amie’s death as “tragic,” no police were indicted. Jerry Lee Amie, de 24 años, un veterano negro de la guerra de Viet Nam y condecorado con la medalla al valor (Purple Heart), fue asesinado a balazos por la policía de la ciudad de Los Ángeles frente a su casa el 20 de junio de 1970. Estaba desarmado. Le dispararon 28 veces. Como parte de un intento de encubrimiento, un arma de juguete fue plantada cerca de su cuerpo. Su muerte incitó semanas de protestas y fue noticia nacional. Aunque el jefe de policía Edward Davis más tarde describió la muerte de Amie como "trágica", ningún policía fue enjuiciado.