Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression calls for Alvarez’ resignation

(From the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression)

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression will join Flint Farmer’s father, Emmett Farmer, and other community organizations in a demonstration in front of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’ office this Friday at Noon, demanding her resignation in the wake of her (alleged) decision that Chicago Police Officer Gildardo Sierra was “justified” in murdering Farmer as he lay face down on his stomach.  The Alliance called for her indictment by the Federal Grand Jury for violating the Civil Rights Act of 1870.

The Alliance also called on Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinkle to immediately launch an impeachment investigation of Alvarez and to remove her from office if she fails to immediately resign.  “The people of Cook County cannot tolerate such racist policies in the prosecutor’s office,” declared Frank Chapman, Field Organizer for the Alliance.  “Her decision makes Alvarez a party to this crime and a conspirator in the cover up Farmer’s murder.”

The murder of Flint Farmer was recorded on the live video camera of a police squad car at the scene.  It shows Officer Sierra shooting the unarmed Farmer three times in the back as he lay face down on the grass.  “Anita Alvarez has proven herself to be delusional if she cannot see the record of Flint Farmer’s murder,” Chapman said.  “It’s the same delusional thinking that prompted her to go on national television and declare that conclusive DNA evidence can’t override a confession coerced by police from teenagers in another case, where she was wrong.  She must resign, NOW!”

For over two years Alvarez claimed to be “investigating” this murder by Sierra.  Within six months of his murder of Farmer, Sierra shot two other men, killing one of them.  Her decision to exonerate Sierra was announced Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.

The Alliance is currently campaigning for an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) to replace the current Police Board and Independent Police Review Authority.  CPAC would be able to take action against officers like Sierra and bring cases like this to the U. S. Federal Grand Jury.  A mass petition campaign directed at the Mayor and the City Council on behalf of CPAC is under way now.  For more information, contact the Chicago Alliance.

A Demonstration demanding the resignation of Anita Alvarez will be held at Noon, November 8, 2013, at the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney (Alvarez), 69 W. Washington, Chicago.

They said the demonstration is being held because “Alvarez (allegedly) found the video-recorded murder of Flint Farmer by police ‘justified,’

For more information, contact Ted Pearson, 312-927-2689, or Frank Chapman, 312-513-3795.