Social Justice Organizers “Cry Out” in strong opposition against CHICAGO ALDERMAN’S CALL FOR POLICE ACCESS TO HIGH-POWERED WEAPONS

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For immediate Release: 


Social Justice Organizers “Cry Out” in strong opposition against


Press Briefing 

Monday, May 8. 2017at 12:00 Noon at 

Alderman Edward M. Burke-14th Ward Office: 

2650 W. 51st Street Chicago, IL 60632


The police force is sworn to protect and defend citizens – in their view, it is, in fact, their duty to risk their lives to rescue children and others (and so they deserve our respect). But unless martial law is declared, where the civilian government admits it has lost control, any death at the hands of a police officer is at best an accident to be thoroughly investigated and at worst, murder to be treated as such. In a democratic society, police are not outside the law, they are citizens sworn to uphold the law, Police are not a military occupying force. As such, their use of weapons of lethal force is a bad statement for the community because it will usher a signal to the public that CPD regards the use of lethal force as an acceptable solution to problems so the public as the same right. That’s a dangerous standard!

For the record, a long gun is generally designed to be fired braced against the shoulder, in contrast to a handgun, but may include mounted firearms while in artillery a long gun would be contrasted with a howitzer.

The New Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham said he wants more officers to be trained on how to use rifles and for the weapons to be available on the beat.

“I’m not looking for one in every car. I am looking for officers who are qualified to carry them to have them as another tool to address crime in our city, Graham said. “

“The police department has to begin thinking outside the box and get these officers certified so we can carry these weapons,” Alderman Ed Burke (14th Ward) said.

The questions we must ask ourselves. We could ask-Why would any police need an assault rifle and what communities would these weapons go into? The statement below is from one of the organizers of the Press Conference:

Chicago Police armed with “assault rifles,” horries our Black Communities.  CPD seeks to be judge, jury, and executioner with assault rifles. Given the recent DOJ Report which concluded a ‘Pattern of racial discrimination’ that has resulted in black and brown people being murdered with impunity and as of right now-no local consent decree is in place.’ To suggest that the CPD is on board with this is the height of irresponsibility, as CPD has already failed to respectfully engage the black community.         Eric Russell, President of Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois

Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change national perceptions of people of color and others about the serious and real need for Police Reform.


WHAT:  For immediate Release: Social Justice Organizers call out against “CHICAGO ALDERMEN CALL FOR POLICE ACCESS TO HIGH-POWERED WEAPONS”

WHERE:  Alderman Edward M. Burke  14th Ward Office: 2650 W. 51st Street Chicago, IL 60632. 5/8/17 @ 12:00 NOON (Outside)

WHO: Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters, Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois, Campaign to End the Death Penalty and others.  

WHY:  Out Cry,” against aldermen who believe more police need training and access to high-powered assault weapons

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change nationally in the wake of growing criticism of the Police Policy. This group is looking to effect change on a national level.

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair Police Policy in locally and nationally.

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:

Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews: Yes

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Adviser 

Gregg L. Greer, 404 992-8954

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