Police Abuse Victims, Black Lives Matter Chicago Call for the Immediate Release of Protesters

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Live Press Conference: Monday, June 1st, 2020, 1:30pm, Chicago Police Department 2nd District, 5101 S. Wentworth, Chicago, IL 60609

  

Police Abuse Victims, Black Lives Matter Chicago 

Call for the Immediate Release of Protesters 

There has been a systemic attack on civil rights and escalation of police violence in the past 72 hours. Protesters have been provoked, attacked by police, and arrested. People arrested have been disappeared and denied access to counsel by police. 

 

Chicago, IL (June 1, 2020) – Racial justice and human rights leaders call for the immediate release of all protesters currently in City or County custody. For days, thousands of people have been demonstrating to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and all victims of police violence. Hundreds of people have been arrested. Yesterday evening, a group of protesters were arrested while concluding a peaceful march in Hyde Park. Several children and adults were injured by police fists, batons, and kicks. Several people were significantly injured and required  medical care. At least four prominent Black liberation organizers were arrested. While three have been released, Malcom London remains in custody after spending the night at the emergency room. London is now facing trumped up, false charges of aggravated battery.

 

A video of the violence perpetrated by CPD is available here and attached to this press release. This baiting, repression, incommunicado detention, and criminalizing of resistance to police violence will not be tolerated. Victims of police violence will speak out at 1pm today to tell their stories and illuminate the causes and solutions to this local and national emergency.

 

Black Lives Matter Chicago and associated groups call for: 1) the immediate release of Malcolm London; 2) Release of all other protesters in custody; 3) A moratorium on arrests and an end to police attacks on protesters; 4) Defunding of the Chicago Police Department.

WHO

#LetUsBreatheCollective

Black Lives Matter Chicago 

BYP100 Chicago

Chicago Community Bond Fund

Chicago Torture Justice Center

For the People Artists Collective

First Defense Legal Aid

Free Write Arts & Literacy

Resist Reimagine Rebuild R3 Coalition

STOP – Southside Together Organizing for Power

UMedics

United Working Families

Westside Justice Center

 

WHAT: Live Press Conference, Victims of police violence speak out, Chicago Activist Groups call for the immediate release of all protesters. 

 

WHEN: TODAY Monday, June 1, 2020, 1:30pm

WHERE: Chicago Police Department 2nd District, 5101 S. Wentworth Avenue Chicago, IL 60609

 

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