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.
HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE
We will also kick off the 2nd Annual RonnieMan Holiday Toy Drive!
Bring toy donations which RonnieMan's mom will deliver to Chicago area children, in her son's memory.
We worked with Kajuan Raye's family
to raise money toward costs of the funeral. The funeral occurred Saturday, December 3rd. All fundraising for this has ended. Over 137 people donated and we sincerely thank every single contribution.
Join us as we protest Amtrak for its role in the death of Chad Robertson. Minneapolis native 25 year old Chad Robertson was shot in the back by Amtrak police in Chicago and on February 7 and died from his injuries on February 15. Chad was returning from a attending a family funeral in Memphis, Tennessee on the Mega Bus. He had a one hour layover in Chicago. While on the layover, he and friends riding with him were accosted by Amtrak police in Union Station for no apparent reason, Clearly he and friends were profiled. Police asked them to leave they complied but one left a bag behind and went back to retrieve it. What happened next is disputed, but the known facts are he was unarmed and attempted to flee the situation and was shot in his back.
Then join us on Saturday, October 15th, for a rally demanding the immediate firing and prosecution of Detective Hernandez for his murder. We will also kick off the 2nd annual RonnieMan Holiday Toy Drive.
Stand with RonnieMan's mother and loved ones!
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
Join us Monday, January 16th to continue King's work.
Visit the archives!
2017 - 2 Killed
2016 - 11 Killed
2015 - 11 Killed
2014 - 19 Killed
2013 - 15 Killed
2012 - 13 Killed
2011 - 25 Killed
Read our STATEMENT on the CPD murder of Joshua Beal.
There will be free food, resource booths, music, live entertainment & break out sessions where youth will be able to find out how to get involved.
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.
5 people were killed by CPD in the month of November. Kajuan was reportedly shot in the back by Sergeant John Poulos who also killed another young man in 2013. We support this statement by the People's Response Team. We demand justice for Kajuan.
We demand immediate murder charges be brought forth against John Poulos.
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.
We will have performances from artists as well as organizations present, like:
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 Saturday, January 21st to discuss the DOJ's report about their investigation of the Chicago Police Department.
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.
Join us February 20th!
Please join #BlackLivesMatter Chicago & Gary in fighting for justice with Stephon Watts family!
His Father is dying of cancer and wants to see justice for his Son before he passes. The untold stress & trauma that families experience from the lost of a loved one to violence is unimaginable. Our hope is to bring them a small semblance of solace by getting justice & reconciliation for the harms they've experienced.
Read our statement HERE.
Solidarity With Standing Rock!
We are centering our young freedom fighters & their dope work! This is exclusively for young people between the ages of 13-20.
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.
Most of us have little knowledge and experience with DOJ involvement in our police departments so a number of questions are raised:
This article offers some background and a link to the full report.
Here is the video along with power point from the first teach-in which took place at the announcement of the DOJ investigation hosted by Project NIA.
Join us on February 16th for Music for the Movement: A Fundraiser for Black Lives Matter Justice for Families - proceeds benefit the families of victims of police violence.
$10 advance/$15 at door All Ages
CHESS MASTAZ - hip hip duo mcs jah ra and manu wisdom
MOTHER NATURE- hip hop duo mcs klevah and truth
DAVID BOYKIN EXPANSE - experimental fusion of jazz, hip hop and soul music- jim baker keys, isaiah spencer drums, alex wing bass, david boykin, sax and vocals.
Breathing Room will give away free clothes and books to young people who attend.
We will also be raising funds to out give 2 scholarships!
Last and not least, we're hosting a $200.00 open mic contest!
It's gonna be Lit, hella unapologetically Black, beautiful and powerful!
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.