The weight of silence can be powerful and in certain circumstances, dangerous. In the case of Sébastian Hell’s LP, A Reflection On Police Brutality (Vol. 1) the multi-instrumentalist dedicates a minute of silence for each victim listed that were lost at the hands of police brutality.
It becomes a 25-minute list of names; a 25-minute stream of silence. A powerful message that everyone can hear. Listed under each name holds more information regarding their murders. Some familiar, some may not be for many. The artist then goes on to reflect his own perspective, coming from a family of cops, and mediates in the silence of the LP.
“I come from a family of cops – good ones, and others I’m sure weren’t perfect. As such, however, I have a very strong opinion of how they SHOULD be doing their jobs to reflect their standing and position in the community.
“I strongly believe that any one of them – and politicians – found guilty of a crime should serve double the penalty that a civilian would, because in addition to committing said crime, they’re also breaking the public’s trust, and there’s got to be a price for that.
“In Québec, where I’m from, corruption is a huge problem in most spheres of public duty, but we’re seeing more and more that excessive force and police brutality are becoming the norm, seemingly imported from the U.S., but not quite, as the mentions of Anthony Griffin and Fredy Villanueva will show.
“I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the lives that were lost uselessly at the hands of a few dangerous people who should not have been put on the frontlines in uniform, so that their names aren’t forgotten and that we can all, as a society, as co-inhabiters of the same space, learn and evolve from these situations.
“There’s enough shit out there that’ll kill us, we don’t need to be doing it to ourselves as well.
“Half the proceeds will be given to organizations who fight police brutality in courts and by lobbying lawmakers.”