Category: Chris Prescher

Freedom Versus Order: Police Brutality and the Right to Resist

This was an article I contributed to the Wheaton College Undergraduate Law Review my senior year, while serving as a senior editor and PR manager. It is found on pages 39-57 of the publication (pages 50-68 of the 75 page PDF file).

It can be found on the following link through the wculr website:

https://wculrcom.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/wculr-vol-1-no-1.pdf

Abstract

“Police brutality, manifested through unlawful arrest, excessive force, and racial discrimination, plagues the United States in the 21st century. In order to solve this issue, action must be taken on three levels: (1) the power amassed through police militarization must be reduced, (2) the rights specifically established by the Constitution must be preserved by the courts, and (3) those rights must be expanded to include the ability to reasonably resist unlawful arrest and excessive force. Law enforcement power has flourished in a time where societal order is the priority. Thus, when addressing the issue of police brutality, one must realize that order cannot and should not exist without personal liberty.”

 

Docked on the Muskingum

Water has always been a central theme in my life (beyond the fact that it is about 60% of my body).  I was born just off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, where I spent the majority of my months as a toddler. Even before my birth, photos depicted my parents residing in a cloth tent on the sandy beaches.

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Docked on the Muskingum

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Before I stepped foot in a classroom, I lived in a beach shack on Tybee Island, Georgia, where I spent my childhood hours amidst the sand and the surf, venturing into the coastal Atlantic waters free of worries and life jackets.  Instinct and wonder were my instructors long before a YMCA swim class.

From these beach adventures at the age of 4, until the age of 19, I did not stray from my marine biologist career path. If I could not spend my life perpetually swimming alongside orcas, dolphins, and the numerous other sea creatures that occupy the oceans’ depths, then I would study them.

Even when, at the age of 9, fate would transport me to the landlocked Midwest, I still found myself in a river town intensely connected to the water.  Marietta sits nestled where the Muskingum joins the Ohio on its long journey to join the mighty Mississippi, eventually flowing back into the Gulf of Mexico, perhaps poetically circling back to the city of my birth.

Even now, my move deeper into the Midwest, and away from a career in marine biology, still places me just off the Great Lake of Michigan.  Its thus fitting that one of my earlier pieces depicts that vital connection to water.  Based on a photograph I took of one of the many vessels docked on the Muskingum, this piece is still one of my best ventures into representational work.

Featuring my loose attachment to form and precision, inspired by the impressionists, and incorporating my undefined almost whimsical facture that has remained an important aspect of both my abstract and concrete works, this painting serves as a substantial step in my development as an artist.

It was displayed in the aptly named Riverside Art Gallery shortly after its completion during my senior year of high school, and remains in my personal collection