Photo Credit: Sarah Jane Rhee
On October 12th, 2014 Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson was shot and killed by a Chicago police on the city's South Side. He was 25 years old and a father of five. On the night of the murder, witnesses have said that police officers didn’t identify themselves before opening fire on an unarmed Johnson and killing him from multiple gunshot wounds. His death has been ruled a homicide. This murder by the hands of the state was captured on police dash-cam video. Currently, a judge has denied the release of the video which would show that Ronnieman was unarmed and not committing a crime. The lawyer representing Ronnieman’s mother, Dorothy Holmes, has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Chicago Police Department asking for the dash-cam video that captured the shooting. We at Black Lives Matter Chicago stand with the family and fight side by side against this outrageous criminal act.
We demand the immediate release of the dash-cam video showing the killing of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson. The lack of compliance by CPD is nothing less than "withholding of evidence" as we demand to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law the police who murdered Ronnieman. The very fact that a judge in the Cook County Circuit Court would order that the video not be released shows that the entire system is harboring murders and purposefully denying justice to grieving families. Since we can't rely on the system to deliver justice now the responsibility belongs to the community. Our due process comes when we do protest. We must put continual massive public pressure on the government to enforce the laws by indicting and convicting police guilty of brutality and murder. This is our only defense against more killings.
Black Lives Matter Chicago will engage in a long term campaign of agitation to fight for justice for the family of Ronald Johnson and all other cases of police brutality. Join us in standing up to the real criminals and defending our communities.
Release the dash-cam video!
Jail the killer cops!
End “stop and frisk”!
On October 12, 2015, we gathered to honor Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson's life, exactly one year since he was killed by CPD detective George Hernandez. We refuse to allow his death to be silenced and we stand with his mother, Dorothy Holmes, in her fight for justice. Join us as we demand the release of the dash-cam video showing his murder. Join us as we call his name, as we remember and celebrate his life and as we stand side by side with his mother, and his loved ones in their fight for justice.
On July 24, 2016, Black Lives Matter Chicago hosted 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 was held at Washington Park on 53rd and King Drive, where the murder took place. On this day, we renamed the park to "Ronald Johnson" park, celebrated the young life of Ronnie Man, honored his family and all impacted by police violence as well as honored the 2,500 young people who have been victims of gun violence between 2007 and 2014. Ronnie Man Day intentionally drew 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.
We provided the community with food from neighboring vendors; activities for children which will includde face painting and storytelling; and provided a platform for young artists to perform poetry, spoken word, song, rap and dance.
We have been in communication with the Alderman's office to rename this section of Washington Park after Ronald Johnson in order to provide a permanent memorial to his life and legacy as well as permanently honor all who have been victims to state violence.
Lastly, we honored all of the fallen with a memorial ceremony, identifying each individual who has passed in effort to assert and proclaim that all of their lives matter. Together will stood in unity to mourn, celebrate and build allegiance and community with each other as we move forward to end the violence that has affected so many.
Media coverage of Ronnie Man Day can be found HERE.
Photos courtesy of Sara-Ji.
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Videos courtesy of Kuumba Lynx.