Ministers to offer a reward in fatal police shooting, ask public not to honor ‘code of silence’


Clergy/Community Leaders Seek to Assist Police in Finding Killers of Police Officer Clifton Lewis


Chicago. IL – Faith and community leaders of Austin will hold a press conference at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 31, 2011, in front of the M&M Convenience Store, 1201 N. Austin Blvd., where Chicago Police Officer Clifton Lewis was murdered last Thursday, to offer a reward and urge the public to work with the police in apprehending the killers.

“We are appealing to the public to not honor the “Code of Silence” that only gives cover to criminals,” said Rev. Ira Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church of Austin. “We are asking the public to call 911 if they know the identity of the shooters, and we are urging them to work with the police.”

Ministers of the LEADERS Network will offer a cash reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person who committed this crime.

“Our community stands united against crime and violence. We will work together with the police to get the perpetrators of this crime off the streets” stated Rev. Dr. Marshall Hatch, pastor of New Mt. Pilgrim church and Chairman of the Board of the LEADERS Network

“Chicagoans can’t become complacent with recent statistics that crime is down. Justice must be served in this wicked, barbaric and senseless crime. The community must assist in apprehending the conspirators of this murder.”  Added Pastor Cy Fields of New Landmark Church and president of the LEADERS Network.

“We’ve had to comfort this family personally today. It truly is a heartbreaking tragedy of epic proportion. I urge all of Chicago to keep this family in your prayers” stated Rev. Acree.