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Why Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Our Souls

Posted by Admin On August - 31 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS


By Tolson Banner

Aretha Franklin, Queen of SoulNationwide (BlackNews.com) — In many ways the litany of songs Aretha Franklin (THE QUEEN) bestowed upon us mirrored more than love between a man and a woman, or the lack thereof. I guess it could be said, the Queen of Soul crooned from the bowels of her spirit about the relationship between America and as Curtis Mayfield would say, “The people who are darker than blue.”

The Queen obliterated genres. The Queen gave us deep feeling and meaning to all the harsh conditions we faced in America: a field holla goddess-like cry; dignity in the work songs; sweet joy in the morning spirituals; shouts-from-the-back-of-the-church gospels; deep moaning blues; jazz be-bopping; rhythm and blues doo-wopping. The Queen served up a healing/soulful polyrhythmic mix for our troubled souls.

It is almost like each song the Queen delivered told a story about our journey to a foreign land, the horrors we would endure while at the same time giving us the strength to persevere.

When we crossed the threshold at Goree Island, we had no idea we would be walking into an enslavement terror heretofore unknown to humankind. And once we were forced onto the ship called Jesus there was no mercy shown for the travails that lay ahead. The turbulence of the Atlantic waters tossed us about like rag dolls and we learned how to “ROCK STEADY” for our survival.

We quickly recognized we would need to build a spiritual “BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS”. There were those of us who would rather die than be enslaved and threw themselves overboard. Historians have noted the shackled enslaved Africans still on board would murmur, “He gone home.” We could surmise: to find an ANGEL. Upon reaching the shores of Jamestown, VA all we could here from the slave masters’ bellicose commands was “JUMP, JUMP, JUMP TO IT”!

As cold as winter in the colonies, we were stripped of our identities, culture, and religion. We would find solace in the warmth of our spirits and our ancestors. As Malcolm X would say, “Just because a cat has kittens in a stove, you don’t call them biscuits.” An AFRICAN IS STILL AN AFRICAN. In the Queen’s words, “A ROSE IS STILL A ROSE”. We took that to heart and would “SAY A LITTLE PRAYER” to call forth our heaven on earth — not in the bye and bye!

With the civil war coming to an close, emancipation began swirling in the air. We wanted to believe we had a “DO RIGHT MAN” in President Lincoln and a “DO RIGHT WOMAN” in America. On both accounts, we were sadly mistaken and realized we were only a “CHAIN OF FOOLS”. We were turned back during Reconstruction, forlorn and bewildered – betrayed with the removal of all federal troops from the south. Forty acres and a mule was just DAY DREAMING. Consideration or discussions about reparations with America became, “DON’T PLAY THAT SONG”.

Jim Crow swept across the land like boll weevil. Marauding gangs consumed with white nationalism punctuated the American landscape with “strange fruit”. Protests and marches ensued endlessly. We stood at the crossroads between violence and non-violence. Not fully recovered from the four little girls bombed in the Birmingham church; a shot rang out in Memphis, a body fell. The King of Love was dead. In total disbelief, we said, “AINT NO WAY”.

The lyrics from ELEANOR RIGBY reverberated with us singing the chorus, “All the lonely people where do they belong?” The political milieu continued to offer a fox or a wolf. We turned to each other for support. It appeared as if our compass for moving forward had gone awry but there was a light at the end of the tunnel and it wasn’t the train coming back at us. We elected the first African-American president. On that accord we demanded, R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Just recently, the Queen was called home by her celestial designer – her maker, where she now joins the ancestors. Collectively, we all sighed. The fact is the Queen had fulfilled what she came here to do: to be of service; her divine purpose complete. I had one last request. I asked the Queen to “CALL ME” the second, the minute, the hour, the moment she get there. She did. Thank you QUEEN for the spiritual call back.

Tolson Banner is a writer and columnist.

Senator John McCain, A Soldiers’ Warrior

Posted by Admin On August - 31 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
  • A Vietnam War Veteran & POW Battle with Brain Cancer comes to an end.

By Raymond Christian <sirrcccapt@msn.com>

Senator John McCainIn honor of a fallen officer and dedicated humanitarian. I must say that Senator John McCain will be missed. His training as a military officer, his presence, knowledge and experience is not something that can be so easily replaced or recreated.

It takes a man with this kind of diligence one who has actually been a prisoner of war. To stand on the green carpet and speak up for the Vietnam Veterans. Senator McCain  understood the need of having bills related to those who have served the United States passed. It was important to help them to be able to take care of themselves,  to be made whole.  It is unfortunate our government is still denying soldiers the relief they deserve.
Senator John McCain has been that voice through the years a voice for all soldiers. But moreso a voice for the forgotten Vietnam Veterans and their continuous suffering and battles with “Agent Orange.”
Senator John McCain was a captured POW one of the few men able to speak on the sufferin the Vietnam Veterans had to endure. Senator John McCain was captured by the Vietnamese and placed in solitary confinement in Vietnam. Prior to being placed in solitary confinement as a POW Senator McCain requested the release of the POW’s with him. This request led to unwarranted attention being placed on him. Which also led to him being forced into solitary confinement for two years. Senator John McCain was continuously tortured beyond imaginary beliefs. He was denied medical attention.
Regardless of whether Senator McCain was a Democrat or Republican it really doesn’t  matter we must look at the man and the work he has put forward to make this world a better place for all.  What we as a nation of people must look at is the concept of freedom and what this great nation America stands for.  What is the right thing to do to move this nation forward.  From a more personal stand point I saw Senator McCain’s viewpoints on many issues especially on those concerning the Vietnam Veterans as an equalizer for justice.
Senator McCain’s service in the military and government helped to prepare him in his leadership roles for the progress of this nation. He gave of himself which is something others are not willing to do. He invested his time and effort for change. He denied himself time with family, friends and loved ones for the benefit of the United States of America.

His military record speaks for itself In March 1973, after years of torture, McCain and other POWs were released. He later received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. His time in government remain impeccable.

Thank you Senator John McCain for your dedication to service, your loyalty, and integrity you continuously exhibited to all is an example to follow for many. Gob bless you on your journey upwards through the pearly gates. Rest in peace you have fought a long and hard battle. Let these words rain with you forevermore Matthew 25:21 King James Version (KJV)

21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Copyrights Elder Raymond C Christian all rights reserved

Just know, God is always watching.

A Tribute to The Queen of Soul

Posted by Admin On August - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
Tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul By Raymond Christian <sirrcccapt@msn.com>

When we think about crossing over to the other side. Leaving this world in spirit form where our soul returns back to the one and only creator of life, God.  Many of us have had the opportunity to be blessed with the chance to see the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin either in church or in concert. Through the years Aretha has entertained us. By gracing us on stage with the lovely and unique voice she was blessed to entertain us with. Her music was shared with the world which involved different occasions, happy, sad, subtle and heartbreaking love. Many  of her songs reminded me of family fun when I was a child watching my mother and uncles and aunties dancing in the living room at my grandmother’s house. I am certain there are so many of us irreguardless of color who can relate to those precious moments.

Aretha Franklin shocked the world when she demanded her(Respect)  R.E.S.P.E.C.T. a major hit and every household throughout the United States was playing it. Let’s go back for a moment  as I take you a little further down memory lane when Aretha blasted the world with Ain’t No Way. There was just no stopping The Queen of Soul as she went into demand filling concert hall after concert hall. You can bet there would be a sell out on all tickets with Aretha Franklin’s name posted at the top of the marquee.

Although she was the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was discovered in church.   Where she started as a gospel singer, I can still close my eyes and hear her singing Amazing Grace, I’m  Climbing Higher Mountains,  Precious Lord. Yes we all loved her and you have to admit she still holds the title The Queen of Soul. Mrs. Aretha Franklin continued to challengw herself through the years. A Queen amongst Queens there was no task she was afraid to meet and complete. Don’t forget Natural Woman, You Send Me; 3.The Weight; 4. Baby, I Love You; 5.Do Right Woman; 6.Chain Of Fools; 8.My Song; etc. She let us into her life and shared her love for music with the rest of the world.

Aretha Franklin gave us “I Say A Little Prayer”  Now we must all say one for her and give thanks to the love, happiness and joy she brought into our homes, businesses, streets, club’s and churches.  And we all danced to the unique tunes of Aretha Franklin. She is now being laid to rest and her journey on this earth is complete. A legend in her own time. You should sit back and play this song  “Gotta Find Me an Angel.”  Because one of our Angels has just flown away. Thank you Aretha for all the love you shared with us through the years.

Copyrights Elder Raymond C Christian all rights reserved

Just know, God is always watching

Illinois Department on Aging recognizes Older Americans Month

Posted by Admin On May - 9 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Department considers this month’s theme as a call to action

Springfield, IL – What does it mean to blaze a trail? To the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA), blazing a trail means evolving to better meet the needs of our growing older adult population and creating a sustainable path for older adults in Illinois – today and for many more years to come. As we celebrate Older Americans Month, IDoA is embracing this year’s theme – Blaze a Trail – and using it as our call to action.

“Older Americans Month is an important month for us to celebrate the contributions of older adults and raise awareness about the issues facing our community,” remarked IDoA Director, Jean Bohnhoff. “We’re being challenged to keep pace with technology and a growing aging population; the Department is meeting that challenge head on and, working with the Rauner Administration, we believe we’ve found the right solution to avoiding premature institutionalization while maintaining the sustainability of critical programs,” she continued.

Director Bohnhoff is a trailblazer in her own right, coming from the provider community and joining IDoA earlier this year. She encourages IDoA staff to think outside the box and develop innovative and creative new ways to interact with providers and advocates across the network and improve service delivery for our clients.

IDoA recognizes the contributions of local trailblazers year-round through awards programs such as the Senior Hall of Fame and our Caregiver Awards.

“Blazing a trail means taking action, moving forward and paving a way for others to follow. We’re doing that at IDoA and we’re optimistic about what that means for our state and our older adult population,” said Bohnhoff.

As Puerto Rico Debt Crisis Worsens, Community Demands Federal Government Side With Families, Not Banks

Posted by Admin On January - 6 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Group Warns State of Illinois, Chicago Public Schools, and City of Chicago Headed Down Same Path Unless Legislators Stand Up to Wall Street Banks and Hedge Funds

CHICAGO, IL – On the eve of Three Kings Day (El Día De Los Reyes), a diverse coalition of groups held a press conference to call on the Federal Reserve to use its authority to offer debt relief to Puerto Rico to put an end to the painful austerity measures and harsh cuts that Puerto Ricans have been forced to live with for years.

At the start of this year, Puerto Rico failed to make a $174 million payment on the $72 billion in total debt owed by the island. Without bankruptcy protection and action by the Federal Reserve the island’s unsustainable debt load could trigger more disastrous austerity measures.

In an attempt to stave off its Wall Street and hedge fund creditors, Puerto Rico already has laid off 30,000 public sector workers, jumped the sales tax from 7 to 11.5%, closed 150 schools and says it may have to close another 600 (nearly half of the 1,387 that currently remain) over the next five years. Speaking to the current crisis on the island, State Senator Iris Martinez (D-20), who is also a member of national steering committee of the Puerto Rican Agenda, pointed out, “As the humanitarian crisis deepens, the poverty rate showed an even greater gap, with 45 percent of the island’s residents living under the federal poverty line, compared to 16 percent on the mainland.”

This crisis on the island was created by years of irresponsible policies pushed by Wall Street banks and stamped by the federal government, heaving unsustainable debt on the island.

“Wall Street banks pushed Puerto Rico deeper and deeper into debt even though they knew the island would not be able to pay it off,” said Saqib Bhatti, director of the ReFund America Project and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. “There’s a term for that: predatory lending.”

These predatory lending deals primarily included bad interest swap deals and have cost Puerto Rico nearly $640 million, and other complex financing schemes like capital appreciation bonds and the island’s “extraconstitutional” debt. These are the same types of bad deals that many governmental entities on the mainland have also found themselves locked into following the recession including the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, and State of Illinois.

“Illinois is in a very similar boat to Puerto Rico right now: we are also in an unprecedented budget crisis in which we the social safety net is being shredded so that banks can get their checks on the first and fifteenth of every month,” stated Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative. “In both instances we see families getting cut and Wall Street banks being paid. We have member organizations that have had to lay off staff, implement furlough days, or cut programs and services because the state of Illinois is not paying it’s bills. Meanwhile Illinois is still on pace to pay out $588 million to Wall Street banks despite not having a state budget.”  

The City of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools are also on the hook from these predatory deals. Together they have either already paid or owe Wall Street firms like Bank of America $1.2 billion for toxic interest rate swaps. As a result of resources being drained by these bad bank deals Chicago Public Schools has closed schools, cut special education, and is now threatening to layoff 5,000 teachers.

“In Chicago and in San Juan, predatory deals profiting the big banks have been responsible for scores of school closings and cuts. In Illinois and on the island we’ve watched hedge fund billionaires spend their cash to buy political influence, influence they’ve used to protect profits, hand out tax breaks, and issue calls for students and teachers to sacrifice even more. We must stop Bank of America and the others from robbing our children’s futures and we stand with those demanding action to put the future of the Puerto Rican people ahead of profits,” stated Maria Cosme, member of the Chicago Teachers Union.

From Chicago to San Juan, our elected officials should be putting the needs of families ahead of wealthy Wall Street banks and hedge funds. Grassroots Collaborative remains committed to fighting back against financial institutions attempting to turn human suffering into profit.

Grassroots Collaborative is Action Now, American Friends Service Committee – Great Lakes Region, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago Teachers Union, Enlace Chicago, Illinois Hunger Coalition, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, ONE Northside, Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois Indiana

Bravo Media’s “Thicker Than Water” Season Two to Premiere on New Date Sunday, January 4 at 9 P.M/ ET/PT

Posted by Admin On December - 26 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS
New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Bravo Media’s “Thicker Than Water” season two will premiere on Sunday, January 4 at 9 PM ET/PT. Season two features the unpredictable Tankard clan as they continue to live their lives as best as they can with their strong religious convictions at hand. Ben and Jewel Tankard are back, leading their self-proclaimed “Black Brady Bunch” family with children Brooklyn, Britney, Benji, and Cyrene. Joining the family in the “Tankard Palace” is Bens oldest son, Marcus, who returns to Tennessee with his wife, Tish, to a warm welcome from everyone – except Britney.Beginning Monday, January 5 through Friday, January 9, fans can join the Tankard Family throughout the week for a series of live Facebook Q&As on the Thicker Than Water Facebook Page. Viewers will get the inside scoop on the family, the drama and what to expect from the upcoming season.

Preacher and patriarch Ben celebrates a year of milestones this season as he turns 50 and his 25th anniversary in music is fast approaching. At the same time, he deals with the twists and turns that come with fatherhood. The real ruler of the household, Jewel, faces what the kids are calling a midlife crisis as she copes with her golden girl and youngest, Cyrene, leaving for college and a rift with her sister that threatens to divide the family. The eldest daughter of the Tankard clan, Brooklyn, finallycomes into her own as an entrepreneur, channeling big ideas into money-making opportunities and taking the hair industry by storm.

Healthier than ever, Britney embarks on a transformative fitness journey, and when the return of Marcus opens up old wounds, she stands ready to confront her traumatic past. Recently married Benji is motivated to follow in his fathers financially successful footsteps while itching to start a family of his own. An old soul and born leader, Marcus is more concerned with making a difference than with making millions, and when his family discovers the secret he brought home with him, it changes the Tankards forever. For a sneak peek at the series, visit: www.bravotv.com/thicker-than-water/season-2/videos/first-look-thicker-than-water-season-2

“Thicker Than Water” is produced by Sirens Media with Rebecca Toth Diefenbach, Valerie Haselton Drescher and Lucilla DAgostino serving as Executive Producers and John Doe Productions with Renard Young and Darren Toon serving as Executive Producers.

About Bravo TV
Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the worlds leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980. For more information, visit www.BravoTV.com. Follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BravoPR.

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Ronald W. Walters Election Day Command Center to Monitor Black Voter Turnout and Conditions at the Polls

Posted by Admin On November - 3 - 2014 1 COMMENT

Media Conference calls with state coordinators on the ground at

1:30 PM and 6:30 PM

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center at Howard University, Black Women’s Roundtable, Black Youth Vote, and Howard University Student Association (HUSA) will host the Ronald Walters Election Day Command Center (RWCC) on Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014, at Howard University. The command center team will monitor, track and communicate with on-the-ground field operations in selected states to ensure ‘real time’ reporting and trending, analyze voter turnout reports, and analyze election results. The RWCC will also track issues and problems at the polls.

The Command Center is linked with field operations in Georgia, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Arkansas. The Center will also track and report on elections in Alabama, Maryland, Pennsylvania and other states. HUSA representatives will coordinate with student leaders at other HBCUs to report on college student engagement in the election.

WHO: The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center, Howard University, Black Women’s Roundtable, Black Youth Vote, Howard University Student Association, A. Philip Randolph Institute, National African American Clergy Network
WHAT: Ronald Walters Election Day Command Center

WHERE: Howard University Campus – Carnegie Building Conference Room A,  Carnegie Building, 1st Floor, Howard University, 2395 6th Street, NW, DC

Press Call-In Conference Calls:
1:3O P.M., 6:30 P.M.
(for call in # and pass code RSVP in advance to Edrea edmedia@dogonvillage.com or (818) 613-9521)

(Space is limited please RSVP in advance to Edrea edmedia@dogonvillage.com)
TIME: 10 A.M. – 11:30 P.M.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Coordinators and leaders are available for one-on-one interviews during the day. Contact edmedia@dogonvillage.com. You can also follow activity on twitter with the hashtag #vote4justice and #sistersvote


Founded in 1976, NCBCP is a 501c3, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement and voter participation in Black and underserved communities. The women’s initiative, BWR stays at the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women and girls. Established in 1996 to address the chronic decline in Black youth voter participation, Black Youth Vote! has served as one of the leading youth-led movements focused on training the next generation of civic leaders and organizers, and increasing Black youth voter participation and engagement.

About Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center at Howard University
The Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center was established by Howard University to serve as a focal point for research, publications, service, policy discussions and leadership development activities in areas involving the engagement of African Americans in the U.S. political process and in U.S. national and foreign policy. The Center is an interdisciplinary center that will preserve the legacy of Dr. Ronald Walters, a scholar-activist who conducted research, served as a mentor to students and political leaders, provided strategic direction and thinking in the political and civic arenas, was a prolific writer and served as a political commentator. It is envisioned that the Walters Center will become the premier academic center for research and publications on policy issues that directly impact the global black community.

Madigan: New Charges Against Premier Bank Board Members in Criminal Fraud Scheme

Posted by Admin On November - 3 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Attorney General Alleges Fraud by Former Board Members of Wilmette Bank against U.S. Treasury Fund, First Midwest Bank

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan  joined with the Special Inspector General for the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to announce new charges against two former members of the board of directors of the Wilmette-based Premier Bank for defrauding First Midwest Bank and the Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.

Madigan announced the new charges against Zulfikar Esmail and his wife Shamim Esmail, both of Evanston, following indictments last year for a scheme to defraud TARP of $6.8 million and which cost the FDIC $64.1 million when the bank failed on March 23, 2012. The new charges allege more fraud was committed during the pair’s time on the Premier Bank board – an $8.1 million loan from First Midwest Bank in 2009 and additionally, Shamim Esmail’s obtaining more than $1 million in TARP funds reserved for banks in distressed communities.

“As these new charges allege, the defendants fraudulently secured federal aid funds at a time when the country’s economy and its major financial institutions were on the brink of disaster,” Madigan said. “Their illegal scheme ultimately resulted in the failure of the bank at a great cost to the bank’s customers and American taxpayers.”

Zulfikar Esmail was indicted on Oct. 16 in DuPage County on two counts of financial institution fraud and one count of loan fraud for fraudulently obtaining a more than $8 million loan from First Midwest Bank in 2009, which was a recipient of TARP funds. The Esmails were charged together with defrauding First Midwest Bank in a workout agreement after they defaulted on the loan.

Shamim Esmail was also indicted on additional charges in Cook County of two counts each of theft and wire fraud for defrauding TARP’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. Premier Bank fraudulently received more than $1 million in funds in 2010 and 2011 from two programs under the CDFI Fund which were designed to assist banks in providing banking services to economically distressed communities.

Madigan previously charged the Esmails and two co-defendants, who were also members of the bank’s board of directors, alleging that from 2006 until the bank’s failure, they hid the poor financial condition of the bank from state regulators. Madigan alleged Zulfikar Esmail engaged in a criminal shakedown scheme, soliciting and demanding bribes in connection with applications made for business loans and lines of credit.

Over a six-year period, the indictment alleged the bank officers submitted numerous fraudulent reports to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, misrepresenting the financial condition of the bank’s numerous loans and lines of credit. To cover up the true condition of the bank, the indictment alleged money from third parties was used to make payments on several loans that were past due, including payments from a limited liability corporation owned in part by Zulfikar Esmail’s children.

The public is reminded that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

This case was investigated by the Office of the Special Inspector General for TARP and the Office of the Inspector General of the FDIC. Bureau Chief Edward Carter and Assistant Attorneys General Edward Snow and Anshuman Vaidya are handling prosecution of the case for Madigan’s Special Prosecutions Bureau.

Prosecutors Secure 28-Year Sentence in Death of a Senior Citizen

Posted by Admin On November - 3 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

A Chicago man who robbed and assaulted a 78-year-old senior citizen in his own back yard has been sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading guilty to armed robbery charges in connection with the 2012 attack, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Dalvin Rayford, 20, of the 2500 block of east 72nd Pl., pled guilty to armed robbery for the December 2012 attack on the 78-year-old South Side man, who died weeks after the assault due to complications from a hip fracture he sustained after being pushed to the ground by the defendant.

According to prosecutors, Rayford was armed with a handgun when he entered the back yard and approached the 78-year-old victim in the 10200 block of East Bensley Avenue.  Rayford then demanded money from the victim and knocked the man to the ground.  Rayford proceeded to strike the victim while rummaging through his pockets and taking the victim’s keys and money.

A nearby neighbor witnessed the incident and called police and then yelled for help, at which time Rayford fled the scene.  Rayford was apprehended a short distance away after police observed him running through an alley, clutching something on his side.  The arresting officers recovered the handgun and some clothing worn by Rayford which had been discarded nearby.  Rayford was positively identified by both the victim and the witness.

Rayford pled guilty to armed robbery on Oct. 30th during a hearing before Cook County Judge Michael McHale, who handed down the 28-year sentence.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorney Sherie DeDore and the Chicago Police Department for their work on this case.

“They all lied” – 5 Cops Slammed by Judge Face Federal Suit

Posted by Admin On April - 18 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Patrol car video shows cops lied in testifying against Joseph Sperling, said judge

CHICAGO, IL – Five Glenview and Chicago veteran police officers who lied in sworn testimony, according to a judge, are themselves facing a federal lawsuit today by a motorist who says they violated his constitutional rights in unlawfully arresting him.

Sperling and his attorney, prominent civil rights lawyer Jon Loevy of Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law, will speak at 2:30 PM press conference today at Loevy & Loevy’s Near West Side office, 312 N. May Street, Suite 100.

Sperling was the subject of a June 2013 traffic stop a few blocks from his home in Glenview. According to today’s suit, all five of the officers lied about five specific facts of the case after having been sworn to tell the truth. One of the Chicago officers allegedly told the Glenview officers to turn off their dashboard cameras, but one of them failed to do so, thus recording the incident and showing that their later police reports and testimony were false.

“All their testimony [against Sperling] was a lie,” said Cook County Circuit Court Judge Catherine Haberkorn in a March 31 hearing. “So there’s strong evidence it was a conspiracy to lie in this case, for everyone to come up with the same lie. . . Many, many, many, many times they all lied.”

Loevy says all too often police officers lie in drug cases to secure convictions, but are rarely called to account for it. He is the author of a frequently-cited article on false testimony by police, or “testilying” in criminal justice slang, a practice that criminal defense attorneys say “has become so endemic in criminal cases that it has become the norm. The prosecutors know they are lying, the judges know they are lying, and yet the police lie anyway.”

Today’s suit charges that the officers engaged in a “conspiracy” to violate Sperling’s rights, and that “the videotape showed that each of the five Defendant Officers lied in precisely the same ways, proving that the five Defendants and the Assistant State’s Attorney had deliberately and maliciously concocted a false story to provide to the judge.”

Loevy & Loevy is the largest civil rights law firm in the Midwest and has won more multi-million dollar jury verdicts than any other civil rights law firm in the entire country over the past decade. Copies of today’s suit and Jon Loevy’s article on “testilying” are available by calling Andy Thayer at 773.209.1187 or emailing andy@loevy.com

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