Corey Kanosh was a bright light and powerful energy in the lives of his family and friends of the Kanosh Band of Paiute people in so-called Millard County, Utah. This film takes you to the scene of his October 15, 2012, murder by cops.
After riding shotgun with his best friend driving backroads just for fun, tragedy struck. Tragedy's soldier was Millard County Sheriff's Deputy Dale Josey and his trigger-happy hand.
Late to return home with her car, Corey's mother had called police, concerned that Corey had been drinking and might be driving (it turns out he was drinking but not driving). She innocently thought police would arrest Corey--if necessary--and teach him a valuable--albeit tough--lesson.
But the entire community learned a different lesson: avoid at all costs calling the police on someone you love for you may never survive the loss, guilt, remorse and sorrow.
The Corey Kanosh story forces us to ask several questions:
1. Corey's sister, Marlee, asks: How and why were police originally entrusted to carry deadly weapons in the first place? Was that a carry-over from the "cowboys and Indians" days of westward expansion and the first waves of genocide of Native Americans?
2. What sort of a community support networks must we build so that people can stop calling police when they need help?
3. Before a community has those support networks in place, what circumstances must exist for an ethical person to call police today?
4. What does the Corey Kanosh story reveal about structural racism as well as racism in the behavior of an individual cop Dep. Dale Josey?
5. If a sheriff's department activates a SWAT team to begin the cover-up of an officer-involved shooting, what is the proper punishment for such a department?
6. What would it look like for a community to be free and independent of an occupying police force they no longer want (or may never have wanted)?
10 Seconds: The Corey Kanosh Story
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