Natalia Marshall likes to think that in heaven, her uncle Michael Marshall is riding in a car with his mother, Elvis and Jesus.
“They were always with him. They were always comfortable,” Marshall says in the new short film “Momma, Elvis & Jesus” about Marshall’s death in Denver police custody in 2015.
The short was directed by Wade Gardner, who also created the film “Marvin Booker Was Murdered.” Both were shown at a screening on Wednesday evening at the Park Hill United Church of Christ in Northeast Denver. It was hosted by the church and the Denver Justice Project.
“Marvin Booker Was Murdered” examines the circumstances of Booker’s death after he was tased and placed in a chokehold in police custody in 2010. The film explores the city’s response to charges of excessive use of force and the civil suit that was filed, through interviews with city officials, journalists and attorneys. The city settled with the Booker family in 2014 for $4.65 million. The end of the documentary shifts to the story of Michael Marshall, who died under similar circumstances in custody while he endured a mental health crisis. The city settled with the Marshall family for the same amount last year.