Andy’s Candyland (2012)

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Andy’s Candyland (2012)

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[Andy’s Candyland (2012)]

[Benn Jordan (Voice Over):]
This was not meant to be a documentary. I woke up on a Sunday morning in my home in the Bridgeport area, Chicago, brewed some coffee and brought my dog out to do her outside duties. For the last couple of months, there’s been a strange store front on my block it had a peculiar sign that said, ‘Andy’s Candyland’ and offered free snow cones to anyone who’d take one. I had always figured that the snow cones were a trick to be sucked into a weird religion. So I avoided it at all costs.

But on this Sunday morning Andy’s Candyland was having a side box sale. As I walked by an enthusiastic kid tried to sell me Starstruck memorabilia and a few other children rushed out to pet my dog. I finally asked what is this place? And well the answer made me and clear my schedule for the day, get a shoulder mount camera rig and head over to Andy’s Candyland to make a short film to help raise money for his cause.

[Benn:] Source: LYBIO.net
What are you doing here? Well, what is this?

[Andy:]
Creating a safe haven for the youth.

[Benn:]
Yeah.

[Andy:]
Keep them off the street, doing activities with them.

[Young Girl:]
Yup.

[Andy:]
Woke up one day and it just came on my heart to provide a place for them and do something about it. Tired of hearing about the kids getting killed and shot in drive-bys. And I’ve just giving them what I had when I grew up, there were candy stores, places where kids can go and play video games and congregate with each other, and fellowship with each other. And that’s basically what I’m doing —

[Young Girl:]
[Right], vacation.

[Andy:]
Everything I’ve done, I’ve done from my pocket, basically for the kids.

[Benn:]
Yeah.

[Andy:]
It’s been a blast — we’ll say about 40 to 50 kids per day come here. Like, basically all the kids know that this is their spot, this is where they can come and hangout after school or before school. And on the weekends, they are here all day. Free meals, breakfast and lunch, in [the] summer time provided activities, took them outside, exercise with them. Like I said everything I have done has come out of my savings and, you know, my resources and they are all depleted right now.

[Benn:]
Yeah.

[Andy:]
Yeah, so now the kids they don’t want to lose their spot.

[Benn:]
Yeah.

[Andy:]
So whatever support we could get we’re open to it.

[Benn:]
Awesome. So how often do you come here?

[Young Girl:]
Since school started I came here every day after the school. And since this summer vacation that I came every day –

[Benn:]
Wow…

[Young Girl:]
for the food.

[Benn (Voice Over):]
So Andy and his girl friend were without any state or government assistance providing free meals and education for the neighborhood’s less fortunate children, sheltering them from the negative influences that exist just outside our doors. About five hours before I filmed this, two very familiar characters on my block were gunned down. One of them instantly killed by a gun shot to the head while waiting in line to order breakfast.

[Footage from Fox Chicago (Video Clip Plays):]
Locked in a grief-filled embrace, detectives comb for clues, workers wash blood from the sidewalk. This scene playing out today in Bridgeport is a familiar one, more than 400 homicides in Chicago in 2012 with still three months to go.

[Benn (Voice Over):]
The gang members went peddling crappy dope this morning, they were mourning. While it may have been a controversial decision, Andy had the local gang members over after hours. His goal was to use the most recent loss of life as an anchor to start a conversation about ‘leaving the life of being a street soldier in an unorganized gang’.

At 11 p.m. while editing the footage I just shot, more than 20 police cars crowded the street. I went outside to find Andy’s Candyland looking demolished. A police officer was informed that gang members were hanging out inside and without a warrant, the Chicago Police destructively busted in without permission. While they made no arrests, the police, not the gang members, managed to kick in the door of the back office and steal the cash, Andy had made from his fund raising.

[Woman (Andy’s Candyland Organizer):]
They literally made that really, they have no warrant, they have nothing to ask for anything. Okay, they went in, did they find anything, just took our money, that’s it.

[Woman (Background):]
Wow.

[Woman (Andy’s Candyland Organizer):]
Our benefits. What we do.. I mean – it’s right here it shows it off — I mean they [don’t] have proof of anything, though. What ever they wanted. What is it then? [They] didn’t say anything about it.

[Woman (Background):] Source: LYBIO.net
Yeah.

[Woman (Andy’s Candyland Organizer):]
Basically, they did not say nothing, because they did not find nothing.

[Andy (Background):]
No search warrant?

[Woman (Background):]
Yeah.

[Woman (Andy’s Candyland Organizer):]
No search warrant.

[Andy (Background):]
Right.

[Woman (Andy’s Candyland Organizer):]
They just came here and just broke our door and took what we’ve been…

[Andy (Background):]
Working so hard?

[Woman (Andy’s Candyland Organizer):]
Working very hard.

[Benn:]
So the money – the money the police took is the money that you raised?

[Woman (Andy’s Candyland Organizer):]
We always…

[Andy:]
Yeah.

[Woman (Andy’s Candyland Organizer):]
I mean everything goes for the kids anyways – regardless.

[Andy:]
That was all the money that we raised today….

[Woman (Andy’s Candyland Organizer):]
Every money that we raised is for the kids.

[Andy:]
The was all the money that we raised today from the yard sale, and everything; we were going to try to negotiate with the landlord tomorrow.

[Woman (Andy’s Candyland Organizer):]
We were just trying to save this place for the kids.

[Andy:]
Hi, there.

[Benn (Voice Over):]
And guess who is back?

[Police Officer:]
[inaudible]

[Andy:]
I have no idea…

[Police Officer:]
Hey, you can’t – you can’t record us.

[Police Officer:] Source: LYBIO.net
Do me a favor and put the camera downright in the store front.

[Benn (Voice Over):]
I managed to leave my camera and audio recorder on, while the police had had a private conversation with Andy and his girlfriend, by simply following their order to ‘put the camera down’. Lets play a game, where you’d close your eyes and try to imagine, which is the voice of a street thug and which is the voice of a public servant?

[Andy:]
Look, I’m moving myself out I have to move myself out of here. I have my personal stuff in [here]..

[Police Officer:]
Let me tell you something – let me tell you something… get what you get – cause you give me a hard time –

[Andy:]
I’m not, man.

[Police Officer:]
“Thirty fuckin’ gangbangers in here after hours is a [fool]…. …I’d have put a bullet in all of them.”

[Andy:]
Alright, “What about my money you guys stole from me?”

[Police Officer:]
“That’s what you deal with for siding earlier.” Sweetheart don’t ever fuckin’ touch a cop. I don’t care what it is —

[Woman (Andy’s Candyland Organizer):]
We don’t do that.

[Police Officer:]
Excuse me. Yeah so whatever, don’t you put your hands on me ‘cause I swear to god – what you get.

[Woman (Andy’s Candyland Organizer):]
I just said excuse me.

[Andy:]
Oh, I apologize. I apologize. Come on help me out, please.

[Woman (Andy’s Candyland Organizer):]
I don’t do that. Is my camera on?

[Police Officer:]
Is that camera — take the home-boys camera.

Turn this thing off man.

[Benn:]
Okay I’m leaving.

[Benn (Voice Over):] Source: LYBIO.net
As if this wasn’t enough the Chicago Police, not the Sheriff’s office, informed the landlord that renting to known gang members is illegal and without any official proceedings in hand, physically forced Andy and his girl friend to take what they could fit in the car and essentially, be immediately evicted from the premises.

Luckily I vanished, before having my camera confiscated. I climbed onto my roof and as I watched Andy carry out what he could while his girlfriend stood sobbing outside the building. I couldn’t feel the life of me, even begin to understand, why this happened.

Why was the entire Police District harassing this man a mere block away from a double homicide of a young man that occurred less than 20 hours ago.

Do police really brag about shooting gang members and did they really expect the community outreach program to pay them protection?

The reason I’m telling this story is because tomorrow morning, none of this will be a surprise to the locals. I’ve heard far more stories of people being robbed by law enforcement here than being robbed by gang members. To everyone here it’s just another day in hard scrabble Chicago.

Andy's Candyland (2012)

Andy’s Candyland (2012)

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