For immediate Release: Social Justice Activist call for Accountability and Answers in the death of Shawn Brider and Kujuan Raye Press Conference at 6:30PM at Chicago Police Board Meeting (We will ask for the resignation of Eddie Johnson and The Mayor)
For immediate Release: Social Justice Activist call for Accountability and Answers in the death of Shawn Brider and Kujuan Raye Press Conference at 6:30PM at Chicago Police Board Meeting
(We will ask for the resignation of Eddie Johnson and The Mayor)
Today April 20, 2017 –at 6:30 pm at Chicago Police HQ
3510 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago. IL 60637
A group of civil rights activist said, Shawn Brider should have never been arrested Last Sunday night after falling asleep in a parked car with a child inside. The man was found dead about 4:30 a.m., the public was informed Brider had died in custody at the 3rd District lock-up.
Activist, strongly feel that Brider should never have been arrested on Sunday night for just merely falling asleep in a parked car even with a small child inside. Activist and Briders family are questioning why Brider was taken into custody in the first place.
“He was just waiting for his girlfriend to come downstairs and he nodded off because he had been driving. They arrested him for that,” his Sister Kewonda Brider said.
Cook County Medical Examiner’s office has done an autopsy, but the results are pending more test results. Police are conducting a death investigation, and no further information has been made immediately available.
John Poulos’s Investigation for Kujaun Raye’s Murder
Officer John Poulos is the Chicago Police Sgt. who is accused of killing Kujaun Raye, has a long history of various corrective actions in his file, 6 cases which include two cases of false arrest. Yet and still this officer was commended for, “Officer of the Month” in April of 2015.
2015 John D. Poulos received an award for employee of the month for April 2015. Also, John had been promoted to Sgt and also an instructor in the Education & Training Division teaching L.E.M.A.R.T. (Law Enforcement Medical Aid & Rescue Training) as well worked in the 007th District during his career. The annual salary is $101,442.
The investigation apparently went dormant because Poulos stayed off the job for another seven years, according to department sources.
Police Supt. Eddie Johnson has ordered an audit to determine why the 2004 investigation of Poulos’ possible ownership interest in a bar, a violation of department policy, has never been closed.
Owning or working at an establishment that sells alcohol is a firing offense, but Poulos went on disability shortly after the department’s Internal Affairs Division began looking at his ownership of a bar in 2004. The investigation apparently went dormant because Poulos stayed off the job for another seven years, according to department sources.
The still-open case was discovered when the department began investigation Poulos’ fatal shooting in November of 19-year-old Kajuan Raye, CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
“The Black Community in Poor Chicago are systematically being worn down and worn out by the constant microaggressions, When a suspect is arrested for merely sleeping in a car, we would have to ask the question where is the accountability? Did Brider have to be arrested and taken to the district or could he have been ticked? Even in the Case of Kujuan Raye-The evidence is super compelling-it shows Sgt.John D. Poulos should have been fired, and the fact that with the lenghtly file he was promoted paints a picture of a Police Department that, is “out of touch.”
The Chicago Police Department is in urgent need of reform. While the problems are clear, the path to solutions is filled with controversy. Even after Chicago Police Department was sanctioned by federal investigators who found that officers routinely used excessive force against minorities and tolerated “racially discriminatory conduct” by officers we still are seeing widespread abuse and issues that could be routinely avoidable.”What needs to happen is the time has now come for a frank and insightful discussion of what it will take to achieve true police reform in Chicago. We will now push harder for the city to reform its policing policy. If Chicago is to move beyond its community violence issues and distrust of Public Officials then our Mayor and possibly the chief have to go!
Pastor Gregg L.Greer-Freedom First International, SCLC Chicago
Recent initiatives to address
Recent- Change national perceptions of people of color and others about the serious and real need for Chicago Police Reform.
WHAT: Press Conference and Community Action requesting the CPD Officials to stand accountable for Shawn Brider’s death and The murder of Kujuan Raye
WHERE: Chicago Police HQ 3510 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60637 on 4/20/17 at 6:30 pm
WHO: Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, and others.
WHY: Even after Chicago Police Department was sanctioned by DOJ federal investigators who found that officers routinely used excessive force against minorities and tolerated “racially discriminatory conduct” by officers we still are seeing wide-spread abuse and issues that could be routinely avoidable.” A change is needed CPD!
PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change nationally in the wake of growing criticism of the Mayor and Chicago Police Policy. This group is
AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair Police Policy in Chicago, IL and nationally.
National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:
Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews: Yes
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