ATEC - Episode 62: Rebuilding After Police Brutality ft. Phillipe Holland

Episode 62: Rebuilding After Police Brutality

Six years before George Floyd’s death triggered national reaction to brutality and racism in policing, Phillipe Holland was shot 14 times by officers in Philadelphia.


Phillipe never thought he would go public with the details but after the deaths of Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and George Floyd he no longer felt he had a choice. While Phillipe has had nonviolent interactions with police chants of Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter don’t sit well with him and hopes that by telling his story more people will understand the danger and inequality Black people face. 

In this episode he shares what his life was like in 2014 as a twenty-year-old student working several jobs just before he got shot, how the violent assault unfolded, and its aftermath.

Philippe Holland is a 27-year old that lives in Atlanta with his 2-year old, Oluremi (Remi for short). Phil was born in Africa in the Ivory Coast, and spoke French before he learned English after moving to the States when he was 3. When he was 20 years old working as a pizza delivery driver, he was shot in the face by police in a case of police brutality that almost became the first of the recent long string of deaths starting with Eric Garner in 2014.

Phil likes to sketch and draw, is an avid NBA fan, & has many interests spanning from TV, movies, and video games. He’s currently, like many other people, looking for the next solid step through this pandemic while balancing fatherhood and attempting to take care of his family the best he can.



I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
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