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.
Black Lives Matter 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
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