CHICAGO, IL -Â The Chicago Alliance Against Racist & PoliticalÂ RepressionÂ (CAARPR), activist groups and labor union representatives demand Â that Mayor Rahm Emanuel support the call for the establishment of an elected Â Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) to end the deadly cycle of police Â violence thatâ€™s being disproportionately perpetrated against Black and Latino Â people in Chicago.Â CPAC will abolish and replace the highly biased and ineffective Â Police Board and the handpicked Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA).
As it stands, IPRA investigates police misconduct, like shootings, and IPRA Â management is made ofÂ six former cops.
â€œThe community demands real control over the police who terrorize the south and Â west sides, murdering our young people without any repercussions. CPAC is a Â chance to stop these racist police murders in their tracks and stand up for the Â youth,â€Â said Mike Elliot, Chair of the Labor Committee of the Alliance.
The astonishingly unjust acquittal of Chicago Police detective, Dante Servin, for the Â cold blooded killing of 22 year old Rekia Boyd, and protests in Baltimore that Â were Â sparked by the police killing of Freddie Gray, a 25 year old Black man who died in Â police custody after being brutally beaten, have intensified a burgeoning national Â call for police accountability.
A Press ConferenceÂ will be held today, Thursday, May 7, 2015 Â at the Mayorâ€™s Office, City Hall, 21 N. LaSalle St., 5th Floor, at 11 a.m.
â€œWe commend every person who has struggled alongside us in this long, hard Â journey for justice for police violence victims and survivors. The Reparations Â Ordinance is an amazing step but the road to ending police violence is far from Â over. We demand Mayor Emanuel support civilian police accountability and put an Â end to these racist murders,â€Â Elliot said.
CPAC press conference attendees: Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Â Political Â Repression; Dorothy Holmes (mother of Ronald â€œRonniemanâ€ Â Johnson); Panzy Â Bright (Mother of Dakota Bright); BYP 100; Black Lives Â Matter â€“ Chicago; US Â Palestinian Community Network; SEIU Local 73;Â Fight Â for 15;Â National Alliance of Â Filipino Concerns; Anakbayan; Graduate Â Employees Organization at UIC and Â more â€¦
Endorsers include: Angela Davis; Author;Â Black Caucus â€“ American Federation of Â Teachers;Â Campaign to End the Death Penalty; Chicago Torture Justice Memorials;
United Electrical; Radio and Machine Workers â€“ Western Region; UIC Graduate Â Employees Organization; Project NIA; Emma Lozano; Pueblo Sin Fronteras; Black Â People Against Police Torture; National Conference of Black Lawyers; South Side Â Chapter â€“ NAACP; St. Margaret Episcopal Church; Kevin Tyson; Trinity United Â Church of Christ; Howard Morgan, Mark Clements, and over 50 victims of the Â Chicago Police DepartmentÂ (seeÂ http://naarpr.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Endorsers.jpg)
For more information, contact: Mike Elliot, 312-939-2750Â or
Ted Pearson 312-927-2689.