Community Leaders Gather to Echo Boyd Family Call for CPD to Fire Servin following IPRA Recommendation
CHICAGO, IL â€“ On Thursday, September 17th, members of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) Chicago Chapter, in coordination with members of Black Lives Matter Chicago, We Charge Genocide, and the Boyd family, gathered at Chicago Police Department (CPD) Headquarters with a clear message for department leaders: fire Detective Dante Servin or there is blood on your hands.
Echoing the recent recommendation of the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), Â BYP100 organized over 200 people to attend a public rally outside of CPD Headquarters and staged a simultaneous walkout of several activists during the monthly CPD Police Board hearing to urge department leaders to fire Sevrin, the CPD officer who was dismissed of all charges for murdering Rekia Boyd in 2015. Holding up pictures of members of the IPRA accented with symbolic red handprints, the activists disrupted the hearing after approximately thirty minutes of testimony to demand that CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy make the necessary recommendation to fire Servin without pension.
â€œThe IPRAâ€™s recommendation is a small step forward toward holding the police accountable for their actions in our communities, but the ultimate decision to fire Servin and afford justice to the Boyd family lies in the hands of [Superintendent] McCarthy and the Chicago Police Board,â€ said Rachel Williams, a member of BYP100 Chicago Chapter.
â€œWe will continue to agitate and pursue justice until Dante Servin is fired without a pension and our community is safe from his tyranny,â€ added BYP100 member Camesha Jones. Â
The rally, held as part of the #SayHerName campaign focused on ending state-sponsored violence against Black women and girls, also highlighted both CPD’s history of police violence and the Independent Police Review Authority’s (IPRA) lack of effectiveness in holding police officers accountable who engage in misconduct.
Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens. We are an organization affiliated with the Black Youth Project.
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