January , 2019

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CHICAGO, IL – Over the past 5 years there have been over 300 shootings by Chicago Police Department officers, resulting in over 90 fatalities. On Monday, March 16th, at 12:30 p.m., the families of some of these shooting victims will meet with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. At 4:00 p.m. that same day, these families and their supporters will report back from their meeting with the mayor and rally outside his City Hall office.

At a March 5th press conference at City Hall, families of Chicagoans killed by police demanded a meeting with the mayor. Shortly after the event, the office of Mayor Emanuel reached out to those families to schedule a meeting. Those participating in the meeting with the mayor on March 16th at 12:30pm include the mothers of Rekia Boyd, Dakota Bright, Roshad Mcintosh, Ronald Johnson, Darius Pinex, and DeSean Pittman. One other family member or friend of each victim will accompany the mothers.

“The pressure is on for Mayor Emanuel to take meaningful, concrete steps to address the demands of families of Chicagoans killed by police,” says William Calloway, an organizer with Christianaire, Inc. who works with victims of police violence. “We have the support of our communities, of Chicago’s activists, and of numerous aldermen and aldermanic candidates. Together, we will end the culture of police violence and impunity in Chicago!”

The demands of families of Chicagoans killed by police violence are:

An investigation of unpaid suspensions of all officers involved in Chicago police shootings, including recommended indictments to State’s Attorney’s Office

A detailed plan to improve relationships between police and African American communities

Creation of a civilian police accountability council and elimination of the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA)

A commitment from the mayor to provide oversight and transparency at the Homan Square police facility

Immediate passage of the Reparations Ordinance for survivors of Chicago police torture, and revocation of John Burge’s pension

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