Black Lives Matter statement:
Chicago views the firing of Superintendent Garry McCarthy as a victory and as testament to the ongoing work in the City to demand the police be held accountable for criminal acts of violence and murder.
Gary McCarthy was complicit in covering up the execution of young Laquan McDonald, however BLMChi asserts that the entire system of policing and City government was also complicit. State’s Attorney, Anita Alvarez, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel also participated in conspiring to cover up evidence in the murder execution of Laquan McDonald. Through lies issued to the press, the truth was further obfuscated by police statements alleging that Laquan had PCP in his system and was brandishing a knife. The autopsy reports proves that PCP was not in Laquan’s system and the dashcam footage proves that he was not wielding a knife.
What has resulted is exposure of the pervasiveness of corruption that is embedded in every level of government in Chicago. Anita Alvarez, Rahm Emanuel and the CPD are all complicit in fostering a system committed to absolving police of wrongdoing at all costs, instead of a commitment to ensuring the people of Chicago are safe, and that all publicly funded government entities carry out their sworn duties to serve the people of Chicago. The actions of Gary McCarthy, Anita Alvarez and Rahm Emmanuel expose their complicity in a long system of brutal policing in Chicago which includes the creation of Homan Square – a black site, the brutality of former commander Jon Burge – who tortured over 119 Black men, and the continued torture and murder and brutality that is a day to day reality of policing in the City of Chicago.
We demand that Alvarez and Emanuel resign from their office. We demand and that the dash-cam video of Ronald “Ronnieman” Johnson, who was killed by CPD officer George Hernandez just 8 days before the murder of Laquan on October 12, 2014, be immediately released per the lawsuit filed by Johnson’s mother, Dorothy Holmes. The refusal to release the video of Johnson’s murder is further evidence of Alvarez’s and Emmanuel’s continued complicity and refusal to hold police accountable for taking the lives of innocent civilians. A complete overhaul of the entire system is needed, and all parties involved in the cover ups of police murder must be held accountable to the people of Chicago.
About Black Lives Matter Chicago:
Black Lives Matter Chicago is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black peoples’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression. Our priorities are to amplify our collective knowledge and applied practices toward abolishing anti-Blackness, and to honor the organizing and mobilization put forth by various Chicago based organizations, collectives, projects and individuals within the expansive, intersectional Black Lives Matter network.