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Alex Landau Police-Beating Animated Video Earns Emmy Nomination

On Thursday, July 28, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the 37th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. 

Among them is an animated short, produced by StoryCorps, about the 2009 Denver police beating of local activist Alex Landau. Using Landau's own narration, the video describes how the young African-American man was pulled over for a traffic violation in 2009, only to have the situation escalate to the point where he was severely beaten by police officers. (Westword's Joel Warner wrote a cover story about the encounter; titled "Black and Blue," it was the first major account of the incident.) 

Since StoryCorp's animated clip was released in July last year, it has been viewed nearly 340,000 times on YouTube.

In May 2011, Denver City Council paid out nearly $800,000 to settle Landau's lawsuit against the city, one of the largest city settlements in history concerning police brutality.

The winners of this year's News and Documentary Emmys will be announced and presented on September 21 at the Lincoln Center in New York City.  Click for more information

See the video here.


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