Flatbush man creates social justice street wear inspired by George Floyd
A Brooklyn man is making a statement by launching a new line of street wear.
Flatbush resident Chad Williams designed a T-shirt laying out the laws of the Minneapolis Police Department which he says shows the errors in the death of George Floyd.
Williams handed out the T-shirts which lay out the Minneapolis Police Department’s use of force regulations that he says many police departments follow.
“They swear an oath to abide by all these rules and in the case of George Floyd they did not,” says Williams, of DooProcess.
The piece costs nothing to protesters in the hope it could save a life.
“If a protester is on the ground on their stomach in handcuffs by an officer then like the use of force regulations that they're supposed to follow would be on the back of the shirt so like they would have no reason to not follow the rules that they swear to,” says Williams.
Williams created the shirts under his brand DooProcess, a nod to the legal term which represents fair treatment through the judicial system.
The recent college grad has witnessed a failure in the justice system himself.
“I was wrongly arrested for a crime I did not commit. And I had to like experience the justice system, from the public defenders to the judges,” says Williams.
The 21-year-old managed to fight the charges. He went on to take first place in the consumer product and services track in the New York Business Plan Competition, going up against Ivy League schools.
"Schools like that that had all the resources to help them and we just coming from the minimum and coming up with my brand and the social justice aspect and winning it, it was just amazing,” says Williams.
Fifteen percent of brand purchases will be donated to a non-profit organization helping to fight social injustice. He says he wants to raise money to continue the brand and has more designs planned for the future.