The announcement made December 7, 2015 by State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, that charges will not be filed in the murder of Ronald Johnson by CPD officer George Hernandez, illustrate Alvarez’s refusal to hold police accountable for the killing of innocent civilians. Alvarez began the press conference by stating that Johnson “fit the description” of a suspect because he was wearing a dark hoody. She proceeded to state that Hernandez’s “frame of mind” was important in considering accountability. She then showed a highly pixelated version of the dashcam video, showing that Johnson was running away from Hernandez. When asked by a reporter whether the dashcam video definitively showed Johnson holding a gun, Alvarez refused to answer.
She then showed a video of a police shooting that had nothing to do with Ronald Johnson, in effort to explain the possible “frame of mind” of George Hernandez in order to absolve of responsibility.
Instead of impartial, principled representation dedicated to serving the people of Chicago as Chief Prosecutor, Alvarez again operated instead, as chief defense attorney for the Chicago Police.
In a sworn deposition, Witness A reported that the “idea of a gun” came from detectives. Witness A stated in the deposition, "I had no thought, or the idea of a gun- wasn't a thing until they presented the idea to me." In the sworn deposition, Witness A is asked "Did the idea of a gun come from the detectives, not you?" Witness A replied, "That is correct". Witness A is asked, “Was it a lie that you thought it was a gun?” Witness A responds, “Yes, it was a lie that I thought it was a gun.”
Michael Oppenheimer, Ronald Johnson’s family attorney, reported that Alvarez refused to interview the officers involved in the shooting, including George Hernandez. Oppenheimer stated in addition, that Alvarez is now scapegoating the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) because the head, Scott Ando, conveniently announced his resignation, yesterday evening. We assert that Alvarez is shifting blame to IPRA in order to absolve herself from responsibility.
Alvarez represents the face of deep seated corruption that pervades every aspect of government in Chicago. Alvarez, CPD and the entire City government are guilty of covering up evidence of the murder of Ronald Johnson.
The inept and corrupt handling of both Laquan McDonald’s and Ronald Johnson’s cases, reveal complicity in cover ups that go all the way to the Mayor’s and State’s Attorney’s offices. It is not enough to force the resignation of police superintendent Gary McCarthy, the resignation of the head of IPRA, Scott Ando, and the resignation of CPD’s Chief of Detectives, Constantine Andrews. We call for the immediate resignation and criminal investigations of Anita Alvarez and Rahm Emanuel for the cover up of the murders of both Laquan McDonald and Ronald Johnson, both killed within 8 days of each other.
We demand the case be reopened and that a special prosecutor be assigned to review the case.
What could democratic control over police look like?
CPAC (Civilian Police Accountability Council) is a proposed ordinance that puts democratic control into the hands of the people with elected representatives voted in from each neighborhood.
1. DONATE to her legal defense fund.
2. SIGN the petition to demand that Trumbull County Prosecutor, Dennis Watkins, free Bresha now!
3. Sign on to the Love & Protect solidarity statement by emailing LoveProtectOrg @ gmail dot com.
4. Raise awareness about Bresha’s case in your community. Organize fundraisers, teach-ins, letter writing sessions, and direct actions! Contact the Free Bresha Team for support.
“You need to understand the pain, because it’s real and it’s deep, and it goes farther than what anybody can explain to you... But I would just ask, while these folks are executing our people, let’s stop criminalizing the victim, because that doesn't come from the media, that comes from the cops. That’s where it comes from, they throw us all under the bus....This was my first meeting, it will not be my last."
Credit: Love & Struggle Photos
Photos courtesy of Love & Struggle Photos.
Visit the archives!
2016 - 6 Killed so far
2015 - 11 Killed
2014 - 19 Killed
2013 - 15 Killed
2012 - 13 Killed
2011 - 25 Killed
On July 24, 2016, Black Lives Matter Chicago will host an event called Ronnie Man Day, after the late Ronald "Ronnie Man" Johnson who was killed by Detective George Hernandez on October 12, 2014. This event will be held at Washington Park on 53rd and King Drive, where the murder took place. On this day, we will rename the park to "Ronald Johnson" park, celebrate the young life of Ronnie Man, honor his family and all impacted by police violence as well as honor the 2,500 young people who have been victims of gun violence between 2007 and 2014. Ronnie Man Day will intentionally draw together the families and community members who have been impacted by both state violence as well as intracommunal violence in order to honor the humanity of all who have been taken too soon and stand in unity under the demand to end all violence.
Rahm Emanuel & Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced plans to hire 970 more police. Read our response HERE . Learn about our demands to end the conditions which cause intracommunical violence.
Read HERE about how Chicago labor organizations have come together to demand the immediate firing of Dante Servin.
We do this for Rekia!
Darren Wilson killed Mike Brown, yet it is Joshua Williams who is serving an 8 year sentence for protesting. Write to Josh to let him know that he is not forgotten and that he is supported.
16 year old Pierre L. Loury was murdered by CPD April 11, 2016.
Pierre should be here.
We demand the name of the officers involved in his murder.
We demand justice for his family.
Read our full statement HERE.
On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, BLMChi along with WAPB joined Sandra Bland's family and loved ones in paying tribute to Sandy on the one year anniversary of her death. #SandyStillSpeaks was a memorialization and offering to her ongoing legacy and fight to obtain justice in her name. Ase!
Join us and the family of Marcie J. Gerald on September 30th for a fundraiser to raise the costs necessary to place a headstone on Marcie's currently unmarked grave.
If you are unable to attend but want to contribute, please click the link below to make an online contribution.
Over 90% of people killed by CPD were Black men or boys. The oldest killed was 86. Youngest killed was 14. Read about some of our fallen in the booklet to the left. Download for free.
September is Suicide Prevention Month:
The rate of Black youth committing suicide has never been higher. A 2015 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that for the first time, the suicide rate of Black children in between the ages of 5 and 11 had doubled between 1993 and 2013 — while the rate among white children had declined. Suicides by hanging nearly tripled among Black boys in particular. Read more HERE.
Solidarity With Standing Rock!
our duty to fight is a call to join the rebellion being waged. Organized by Black Lives Matter Chicago (BLMChi) and allied movement organizations and projects, this exhibition both holds space for survivors and families. For the exhibition, new artworks by artists Jireh L. Drake, Itunuoluwa Ebijimi, Makeba Kedem-DuBose, La Keisha Leek and Bryant Cross, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Sherwin Ovid, Ariel Perkins-Fenwick, Shelby Stone, Ethos Viets-VanLear, Rhonda Wheatley, and Avery R. Young are being created in collaboration with families of Rekia Boyd, Dakota Bright, Dominique “Damo” Franklin Jr., Justus Howell, Ronald “Ronnieman” Johnson, Flint Farmer, Darius Pinex, and Stephon Watts.
See more at: Gallery 400
Video of Sandra Bland's mom addressing the Chicago Police Board at the January 21st meeting.
Learn about #FreedomSquare HERE.
Available 24 hours everyday
Black Lives Matter Chicago is an intersectional vehicle that values Black people and our right to self-determination. We fight for justice with families most impacted, while working to create just and equitable systems. We work to end state violence and criminalization of Black communities by deconstructing white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchy.