March 22, 2012 (updated 4/8/12)
The Murder of Trayvon Martin calls for Civilian Control of the Police
Like people throughout our country and the world we are shocked and outraged over the senseless, unwarranted and racially motivated murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin. He wasn't doing anything but walking with a bag of Skittles and some iced tea when George Zimmerman murdered him for looking "suspicious." This is racial profiling in the extreme.
The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression joins with the over 1.3 million who have already signed the petition to the Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice sharing our outrage over this monstrous act of racist violence.
The murder of Trayvon Martin was committed by a white vigilante, but the murderer was protected by the Sanford, Florida police department. There is a long and well documented history showing the connection between white vigilantism and racist police departments.
The handling of Trayvon Martin's case reflects a nation-wide pattern of racist attitudes that pervades our police departments. These attitudes have been, historically, the root cause of racially motivated violence and police crimes against African Americans and other people of color for decades. This has gone on for too long and has now reached an absolute point of intolerance. We must now put forth the demand for Civilian Control Police Boards like never before. Either we fight for this basic democratic right for all the citizens of our country now or we condemn ourselves to a future of brutal police tyranny.
In Calumet City Illinois 15 year old Stephon Watts was murdered in his home by police on Feb. 1st. On January 27 Howard Morgan, who had been shot 28 times for driving while Black, and survived, was convicted of trying to kill the police who almost killed him. In the U. S. in the last decade of the 20th Century there were 2,054 people killed by police, overwhelmingly Black and Latino. This has to stop!
We should call town meetings and demand of those whom we have elected to office to give us clear and definitive laws against racist violence perpetrated by the police or anyone under the color of law. We need Civilian Control Boards empowered to hold the police accountable for whatever crimes they commit against the people.