Brother of Slain City Councilman Won’t Rest Without Peace

On November 23, Geoffrey Davis will present “Murder At City Hall,” a short documentary he made using news clips and interviews with his late brother, James E. Davis, at Tribeca Cinemas in Manhattan.

James E. Davis was a City Councilman from Brooklyn’s 35th district who was shot and killed inside City Hall on July 23, 2003.  The murder shocked the city and devastated Davis’ loved ones, perhaps none more so than his younger brother and closest friend, Geoffrey.

Today Geoffrey, 45, runs a museum out of the same house in Crown Heights, Brooklyn that the two brothers grew up in and continued to occupy until James died.  Geoffrey’s homemade memorial is dedicated to his brother and his message of nonviolence, which he’d advocated as a community activist and elected official, until the day he was murdered.

[The following clips are excerpts edited together from a lengthier interview.]

Geoffrey describes the moment when he learned his brother had been shot, and the last moments he spent with James in the hospital.

[audio:http://cdn.journalism.cuny.edu/blogs.dir/18/files/2010/11/Murder-at-City-Hall.mp3|titles=Murder at City Hall]

Geoffrey talks about his intimate relationship with his brother–before, and after, James died.

[audio:http://cdn.journalism.cuny.edu/blogs.dir/18/files/2010/11/Brothers.mp3|titles=Brothers]

Geoffrey explains that he’s responsible for his brother’s legacy, for better or worse.

[audio:http://cdn.journalism.cuny.edu/blogs.dir/18/files/2010/11/The-Legacy.mp3|titles=The Legacy]

Geoffrey takes us on a guided tour of the James E. Davis Multicultural Museum of Peace.

[audio:http://cdn.journalism.cuny.edu/blogs.dir/18/files/2010/11/The-Peace-Museum.mp3|titles=The Peace Museum]
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