Filmmaker, new documentary unravel social justice in Denver |

Filmmaker, new documentary unravel social justice in Denver

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bud Werner Memorial Library will present a special documentary screening of the new film “Marvin Booker Was Murdered,” with Denver-based filmmaker Wade Gardner in attendance for a discussion, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Library Hall.

If you go

What: “Marvin Booker Was Murdered” documentary screening
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21
Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

On July 9, 2010, before Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Freddie Grey, there was Marvin Booker. This award-winning documentary tells his story. Booker, a homeless street preacher with mental health issues, was killed by five sheriff deputies while being booked into the Denver Detention Center. The event was caught on tape and witnessed by more than 20 people. Yet the city of Denver never indicted, or even reprimanded, any of the deputies involved.

The film explores how the largely Memphis-based Booker family members — many of whom are preachers, including Marvin’s brother, the Rev. Spencer Booker, of St. Louis’ St. Paul AME Church — relentlessly push their case through the court system in an attempt to secure some form of justice. With their two persistent Denver attorneys and supportive community members from both cities, the Bookers fight to ensure that the civil rights of people like Marvin will not be violated in the future.

The story of Booker reveals how a city chose to protect the “thin blue line” instead of a citizen’s constitutional rights. Visit for more information.

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