October 24, 2015
Protest at the International Police Chiefs Convention
In the past few years there has been a tremendous upsurge in awareness around extrajudicial killings of Black people and other people of color by police. This has been marked by mass protests, mobilizations, and urban rebellions.
These protests, and urban rebellions can be attributed to police harassment, violence against and killings of Black people, among other issues that afflicted and continue to afflict Black people.
On October 24, 2015 we had a unique opportunity to take this movement to the next level by directly confronting an organization that is at the forefront of the criminalization and police killings of Black people in this country: the International Association of Chiefs of Police or IACP.
The IACP is a 100-plus year old organization that bills itself as a group that help spearhead breakthrough technologies and philosophies used by police departments across the globe. According to the IACP, one of their main goals is to “encourage adherence of all police officers to high professional standards of performance and conduct.” We say they have failed miserably at this goal when it comes to policing in Black communities.
Black Youth Project100 (BYP100), Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Workers Center for Racial Justice, Ella Baker Center For Human Rights, Organization For Black Struggle (OBS), Southsiders Organized For Unity and Liberation (SOUL), International Socialist Organization (ISO), Chicago Alliance Against the Racist Political Repression (CAARPR), Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Project South, Students For Justice In Palestine (SJP), and more.