Photos and Videos From Inside New York's Pier 57 Detention Center
all still and moving images by Jacob Richards and Connie Murillo
>>> On 31 August 2004, during the Republican National Convention in New York City, around 1,200 people were arrested and sent to a makeshift detention/processing center, which used to house city buses, at Pier 57. (Over 1,800 were arrested during the entire RNC.)
Images from inside the facility are rare. The photos and videos featured here come from Jacob Richards and Connie Murillo, who were arrested that day. A couple of these photos were posted to NYC Indymedia, but Richards and Murillo have kindly allowed The Memory Hole to post more photos and several videos. Regarding how the images were taken and smuggled out, they write:
video #1 (16 secs, 350K)
video #2 (50 secs, 1.1 megs)
video #3 (28 secs, 620K)
video #4 (5 secs, 104K)
video #5 (11 secs, 239 K)
Note: The videos taken inside the facility (#2-5) are extremely dark.
For a detailed account written by someone who was arrested that day, read "Notes From the RNC - The 8/31 Experience" by Emmanuel Goldstein, editor of the long-lived hacker magazine 2600. Goldstein also took some photos inside [here].
Note: The photos shown here have been modified for clarity and posting purposes. Specifically, they have been sized down, the contrast and brightness were adjusted to compensate for murkiness, and, in the case of pier57_03.jpg, the color was changed to tone down the green cast.
If you'd like to see the photos as originally created, they are in a zip file here (4 megs).
21 Sept 2004
photos, video & text copyright 2004 Jacob Richards & Connie Murillo
site and original text copyright 2002-4 Russ Kick