Statement From Black Lives Matter:
Re-open the Case of Ronald Johnson’s murder – Appoint a special prosecutor
The announcement made by State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, stating that charges will not be filed in the murder of Ronald Johnson by CPD officer George Hernandez, illustrate Alvarez’s refusal to hold police accountable for the killing of innocent civilians. Alvarez began the press conference by stating that Johnson “fit the description” of a suspect because he was wearing a dark hoody. She proceeded to state that Hernandez’s “frame of mind” was important in considering accountability. She then showed a highly pixelated version of the dashcam video, showing that Johnson was running away from Hernandez. When asked by a reporter whether the dashcam video definitively showed Johnson holding a gun, Alvarez refused to answer.
She then showed a video of a police shooting that had nothing to do with Ronald Johnson, in effort to explain the possible “frame of mind” of George Hernandez in order to absolve of responsibility.
Instead of impartial, principled representation dedicated to serving the people of Chicago as Chief Prosecutor, Alvarez again operated instead, as chief defense attorney for the Chicago Police.
In a sworn deposition, Witness A reported that the “idea of a gun” came from detectives. Witness A stated in the deposition, “I had no thought, or the idea of a gun- wasn’t a thing until they presented the idea to me.” In the sworn deposition, Witness A is asked “Did the idea of a gun come from the detectives, not you?” itnessA replies, “That is correct”. Witness A is asked, “Was it a lie that you thought it was a gun?” Witness A responds, “Yes, it was a lie that I thought it was a gun.”
Michael Oppenheimer, Ronald Johnson’s family attorney, reported that Alvarez refused to interview the officers involved in the shooting, including George Hernandez. Oppenheimer stated in addition, that Alvarez is now scapegoating the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) because the head, Scott Ando, conveniently announced his resignation, yesterday evening. We assert that Alvarez is shifting blame to IPRA in order to absolve herself from responsibility.
Alvarez represents the face of deep seated corruption that pervades every aspect of government in Chicago. Alvarez, CPD and the entire City government are guilty of covering up evidence of the murder of Ronald Johnson.
The inept and corrupt handling of both Laquan McDonald’s and Ronald Johnson’s cases, reveal complicity in cover ups that go all the way to the Mayor’s and State’s Attorney’s offices. It is not enough to force the resignation of police superintendent Gary McCarthy, the resignation of the head of IPRA, Scott Ando, and the resignation of CPD’s Chief of Detectives, Constantine Andrews. We call for the immediate resignation and criminal investigations of Anita Alvarez and Rahm Emanuel for the cover up of the murders of both Laquan McDonald and Ronald Johnson, both killed within 8 days of each other.
We demand the case be reopened and that a special prosecutor be assigned to review the case.
A protest was held yesterday at the site of Ronald Johnson’s murder demanding their resignations.
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/876863899095873/
Organized in Partnership With:
Black Youth Project 100
FLY (Fearless Leading by the Youth)
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.