Family & Activists Ask Lisa Madigan to Take Over Investigation of Killing by CPD from State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez

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From: Black Lives Matter Chicago

The Family of Ronald “Ronnieman” Johnson requests IL Attorney General take over investigation from Cook County States Attorney on the one year anniversary of his death.

On this day, October 12th, one year ago, Ronald Johnson, affectionately known as “Ronnieman” was murdered by George Hernandez, a Chicago Police officer, who has so far avoided prosecution. Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez has failed to complete the investigation and bring charges against the officer responsible for Johnson’s death. Johnson’s family, activists and community members gathered October 12, 2015, to honor Johnson’s life, call for the release of the dash-cam video and demand Attorney General Lisa Madigan take over the investigation at 53rd and King Drive at 6:30pm.

Letter to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan:

Attorney General Lisa Madigan

100 West Randolph Street

Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 814-3000

October 12, 2015

 

Dear Attorney General Lisa Madigan,

 

The family and the community of Chicago, and other cities in Illinois, would like to ask you to please intervene in the investigation of the fatal shooting of Ronald “Ronnieman” Johnson. On October 12, 2014, one year ago, Ronald Johnson was walking with friends when Chicago Police Officer George Hernandez shot and fatally wounded him. Johnson died before he was taken away by paramedics. Witnesses have said that police officers failed to identify themselves before opening fire on an unarmed Johnson and killing him, the result of the multiple gunshot wounds inflicted. Currently a judge has denied the release of the dash-cam video. The lawyer, Michael Oppenheimer of Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd., representing Ronald Johnson’s mother, Dorothy Holmes, has filed a motion to release the dash-cam video that captured the shooting.

Today marks the anniversary of his death, yet State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has not completed the investigation. In Cleveland, after a high speed chase through the city, officers fired 137 times on a car with a female and male passenger killing them both. Outraged by the incident, the Attorney General took over the investigation and completed it within days. In Baltimore, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby indicted six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, who received a fatal spine injury while in police custody, in approximately a month. It has now been 12 months since Ronald Johnson has died.  State’s’ Attorney Anita Alvarez has still not completed her investigation.

We are asking you, as the Attorney General of Illinois, the chief prosecutor, to address the inaction by State’s Attorney Alvarez in reference to this shooting death.

What we know to be true is that Ronald “Ronnieman” Johnson was not in possession of a weapon. He was shot by Chicago Police Officer George Hernandez multiple times while running away. George Hernandez’s bullets hit Ronald Johnson’s head, shattering his orbital lobes, his knee and hand. Ronald Johnson was not engaged in felonious activity, was unarmed and posed no physical threat. Per Illinois law, a person is justified in the use of force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if he reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or another, or the commission of a forcible felony (720 ILCS 5/7-1). Chicago Police Officer George Hernandez acted outside of the law and must be held accountable.

With respect to your office and position, the time to make a decision is now. Please step in and assist the State in making its decision to prosecute the Chicago Police officer responsible for the unjustifiable homicide of Ronald “Ronnieman” Johnson.

 

Sincerely,

Dorothy Holmes and the members of the Ronald “Ronnieman” Johnson family

 

Endorsed By:

Black Lives Matter Chicago

Chicago Alliance against Racist and Political Repression

 

CC:

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of IL Zachary T. Fardon

219 S. Dearborn St.  

Chicago, IL 60604

(312) 353-3500

 

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez

69 W. Washington, Suite 3200

Chicago, IL 60602

(312) 603-1880

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