Item 40

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Colleen Pearce
Don’t Shoot! It’s Just a Toy Truck, 2016

Oil paint on wood panel
12” x 32”

“Last summer in Florida, an autistic man had wandered away from his group home and sat down in the street. His therapist, Charles Kinsey, rushed to him and was trying to calm him down. The police had been called because someone thought they saw a gun. With the police surrounding the two men, Mr. Kinsey lay on the ground with both his hands in the air, next to his patient. "All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavioral therapist at a group home." The police shot anyway. Then they hand cuffed him. He was shot with an AR 15 assault rifle.”