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CALL FOR A PEOPLES HEARING ON POLICE CRIMES AND REPRESSION
We, the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, and the Criminal Justice Program of Kennedy-King College supported by numerous victims of police crimes call upon all our sisters and brothers representing all strands of the people’s movement to join us in initiating and organizing a Peoples Hearing Against Police Crimes (i.e., police brutality, murder, torture, complicity in vigilantism and racial profiling). The purpose of this hearing will be to provide a public forum where the victims of police crimes and the various organizations fighting against police crimes can present their cases, demands for justice and proposals for legislation enabling prosecution of police crimes and abuse of human rights.
The murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford Florida by a vigilante working under protection of the police has electrified the country. The facts and evidence are clear; the police throughout our country are out of control. Most striking is their use of use brute force when dealing with people of color and progressive movements for social change. This is precisely what we mean by racist and political repression. In the Chicago Area in recent months we have seen:
“ The murder of Ricky Bradley, 40, by Chicago Police on March 25 on the West Side.
“ The murder of Rekia Boyd, 22, on the West Side on March 22. \
“ The murder of Stephon Watts, 15, in his home by Calumet City police on February 1, 2012.
“ The wrongful conviction of Howard Morgan on January 27, 2012 of attempted murder of four police officers after he had already been acquitted of firing a weapon.
“ The alleged “suicide” of Melvin Woods, 62, in Chicago Police Area 2 Headquarters on the South Side on November 20, 2011, where the video monitors were mysteriously turned off.
“ The alleged “suicide” of Develt Bradford, 52, also at Chicago Police Area 2 Headquarters on the South Side on November 17, 2011, where again, the monitors were turned off.
“ The murder last November 6 of Darren Hanna by North Chicago police, who beat him to death in a case reminiscent of the murder of Emmet Till in 1955 in Mississippi.
“ Prince Alim Bantu Akbar,32, murdered the afternoon of January 4, 2010 on the street in Calumet City.
“ The ongoing use of torture by police to extract false confessions, and the continuing employment or retirement with full pensions of known torturers by the Police Department and the Cook County State’s Attorney. No one has been arrested or charged with these crimes.
“ The suppression by Chicago Police of the Occupy Movement on LaSalle Street, in Grant Park, in Woodlawn, and throughout the city.
“ The police lockdown of the city around the May 20-21 summit of NATO and the severe restrictions on the rights of the people to protest war and militarism, which drains needed resources from education, health care and social services.
“ In the last three years Chicago Police have killed 55 people and shot another 112 according to official statistics. Ninety-four per cent of the victims were non-white. So let us convene this peoples hearing to reveal and bring clearly into public view the many police atrocities that have been perpetrated in the Greater Chicago Area.
Supporters (List in formation; organizations for identification only):
Arab American Action Network
Jeff Baker, The Committee For A Better Chicago
Timuel Black, Educator, Civil Rights activist, trade unionist, scholar, author
Frank Chapman, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights
Mark Clements, Campaign to End Torture (tortured by police at the age of 16; released after serving 28 years in prison for a crime he did not commit), Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Clarice Durham, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Mike Elliott, UAW Local 551 retiree
Atty Larry Kennon
Lajuana Lampkins, mother of Prince Alim Bantu Akbar, murdered by Calumet City PoliceAlissah Love, Free Howard Morgan Campaign
Rosalind Morgan (Mrs. Howard Morgan), Free Howard Morgan Campaign
Atty. Lewis Myers, Criminal Justice Program, Kennedy-King College
Ted Pearson, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Stephon Watts, Sr., father of Stephon Watts, Jr., murdered by Calumet City police Feb. 1, 2012
Atty. Standish Willis