The Present Crisis in Chicago and the Need to Act Now
The incriminating video of the murder of Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke has without a doubt given rise to a persistent crisis in political leadership and governance in Chicago. Two of the main pillars of the criminal justice system, the States Attorney (Prosecutor) and the Chicago Police Department have been exposed as perpetrators of injustice in the case of Laquan McDonald, Cedric Chatman, Bettie Jones, Quintonio LeGrier, and numerous other cases. And the Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who suppressed incriminating evidence in a murder case for 400 days, has been exposed as the Mayor who covers up police crimes as opposed to holding the police accountable. The Mayor and the City Council have allowed the Superintendent of Police, the Independent Police Review Authority, the Police Board and the Internal Affairs Department to cover up, excuse and justify police crimes. These are facts, not mere allegations that presently the City of Chicago and the Nation are aware of. The question is what are we going to do about it?
There is a mass outcry demanding that Rahm Emanuel, Prosecuting Attorney Anita Alvarez resign and that the DOJ also hold City Council accountable for the cover-up of the murder of Laquan McDonald. These are undoubtedly just demands but they don’t reach the heart of the problem. We need to change the system.
Right now the challenge of the moment is that we summon all our forces to pressure City Council to call an emergency session to pass our proposed Ordinance to enact an all elected, all Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC).
Right now call the City Council member in your ward. Right now sign our petition on line. We have collected a few hundred signatures on line but we have collected over 28,000 on the streets! The time to give them to City Council is now!
This present crisis has convinced the masses of our people that the solution in principle is community control the police. However, what we need right now is not a solution in principle but community control of the police as a practical solution. Right now execution is the moment of truth, so let’s do this.