Justice For Families

We honor your lives. We speak your names. We refuse to allow you to be erased.
Justice for Families (JFF) is a working group of Black Lives Matter: Chicago. We are 100% volunteer run and are committed to working with families impacted by police and state violence. JFF designs campaigns, strategies, and direct actions with families so they can fight for justice for their loved ones. We provide safe healing spaces for families to talk about their experiences and console each other.

Read more about what we do and donate to support our efforts.


Since 1996, more than 1,600 people have been shot by Chicago cops. That’s an average of more than one person a week. Over 90% are Black men or boys. Oldest killed was 86. Youngest killed was 14. 

2017 – 14 Killed
2016 – 11 Killed
2015 – 11 Killed
2014 – 19 Killed
2013 – 15 Killed
2012 – 13 Killed
2011 – 25 Killed

Jason Van Dyke Hearing 4/18!

  At the last pre-trial hearing on March 28, 2018, Judge Vincent Guaghan said the jury trial for the murder of Laquan McDonald by CPD officer Jason Van Dyke will begin this summer. The next hearing on the requested change of venue that Jason Van Dyke’s attorneys are requesting is April 18th at 9 am, room 500. ...

2 Years too Long: Honoring Pierre Loury 4/12

On Monday, April 11th, 2016 at approximately 7:40 pm, Chicago Police officer Sean Hitz shot and killed Pierre L. Loury, a 16 year-old teenager from Chicago’s North Lawndale, West side neighborhood. Join us in Pierre’s neighborhood to mark 2 years since his murder and join us with his family, friends and loved ones to honor ...

Say Her Name: Honoring the Life of Decynthia Clements 4/11

Join us for a vigil on Wednesday, April 11th at 6 pm at 400 N. Michigan to honor#DecynthiaClements on the eve of the one month anniversary of her killing by Lt. Christian Jansen of the Elgin Police Department.

50th Anniv of Assassination of MLK: We Say No More! 4/4

On April 4 – WE SAY NO MORE “I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed, without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today – my own government.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. , (assassinated April 4, 1968) STAND WITH US in Daley Plaza April 4th ...

Richard Grimes

Age: 33
Killed: 11/27/2016

Cleotha Mitchell

Age: 37
Killed: 11/25/2016

Kajuan Raye

Age: 19
Killed: 11/23/2016

Darius Jones

Age: 26
Killed: 11/29/2016

Joshua Beal

Age: 25
Killed: 11/05/2016

Paul O’Neal

Age: 18
Killed: 07/28/2016

Derek Love

Age: 50
Killed: 07/21/2016

Pierre Loury

Age: 16
Killed: 04/11/2016
Read our statement.

Thurman Reynolds

Age: 21
Killed: 3/18/2016

Lamar Harris

Age: 29
Killed: 3/14/2016

Charles Smith

Age: 29
Killed: 01/31/2016

Quintonio LeGrier

Age: 19
Killed: 12/26/2015

Bettie Jones

Age: 55
Killed: 12/26/2015

Jeffrey McCallum

Age: 31
Killed: 10/04/2015

James Anderson

Age: 34
Killed: 09/25/2015

Rafael A Cruz, Jr

Age: 29
Killed: 8/29/2015

Heriberto Godinez Jr

Age: 24
Killed: 7/20/2015

Eugene McSwain

Age: 25
Killed: 7/10/2015

Matrice Milliner

Age: 27
Killed: 7/9/2015

Alfontish “Nunu” Cockerham

Age: 23
Killed: 6/26/2015
Read a poem written for Nunu

Michael Westley

Age: 15
Killed: 6/16/2015

Jeffrey Kemp

Age: 18
Killed: 4/18/2015

Justus Howell

Age: 17
Killed: 4/6/2015

Laquan McDonald

Age: 16
Killed: 10/20/2014

Joe Huff

Age: 86
Killed: 4/25/2014

Mark Garcia

Age: 56
Killed: 2/3/2014

Deonta Mackey

Age: 16
Killed: 2/11/2014

Raason Shaw

Age: 20
Killed: 3/29/2014

Hector Hernandez

Age: 21
Killed: 4/7/2014

Veronica Rizzo-Acevedo

Age: 20
Killed: 4/20/2014

Gary Smith

Age: 37
Killed: 5/11/2014

Michael Myers

Age: 62
Killed: 5/25/2014

Francisco Rocha

Age: 41
Killed: 7/20/2014

Steven Isby

Age: 53
Killed: 7/28/2014

Darius Cole-Garrit

Age: 21
Killed: 8/9/2014

Terrence Gilbert

Age: 25
Killed: 12/26/2014

Ronald “Ronnie Man” Johnson

Age: 25
Killed: 10/12/2014

Join BLMChi's ongoing efforts to reopen Ronnieman's case, rename the park where was murdered in his honor, and to remember him with an annual holiday toy drive.

Roshad McIntosh

Age: 19
Killed: 8/24/2014

DeSean Pittman

Age: 17
Killed: 8/24/2014

Warren Robinson

Age: 16
Killed: 7/5/2014

Pedro Rios Jr

Age: 14
Killed: 7/4/2014

Dominique “Damo” Franklin, Jr.

Age: 23
Attacked: 5/7/2014
Died: 5/20/2014
The killing of Dominique "Damo" Franklin, Jr. by CPD through the use of tasers, spawned the creation of one of Chicago's most impactful groups, We Charge Genocide.

Cedric Chatman

Age: 17
Killed: 1/7/2013

Video released of Chicago police shooting of Cedrick Chatman

Dakota Bright

Age: 15
Killed: 11/8/2012

Mother Desperately Seeks Justice After Chicago Police Killed Her 15-Year-Old Son, Dakota Bright

Rekia Boyd

Age: 22
Killed: 3/21/2012
We demand the immediate revoking of Dante Servin's pension. Join us by signing the petition. This is the least that the City can do. Join us in #RememberingRekia by saying #DontPayDante. SIGN THE PETITION

Stephon Watts

Age: 15
Killed: 2/1/2012
https://justiceforstephon.wordpress.com/ On February 1, 2015, the third anniversary of Stephon Watt's murder, a Freedom Ride caravan traveled from Chicago to Calumet City. We rallied, we marched, and we held a vigil to honor Stephon Watts and support his family.

Flint Farmer

Age: 29
Killed: 6/7/2011

Darius Pinex

Age: 27
Killed 1/1/2011