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

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Social Justice Organizers “Cry Out” in strong opposition against

CHICAGO ALDERMAN’S CALL FOR POLICE ACCESS TO HIGH-POWERED WEAPONS

Press Briefing 


Monday, May 8. 2017at 12:00 Noon at 

Alderman Edward M. Burke-14th Ward Office: 

2650 W. 51st Street Chicago, IL 60632

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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.

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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:

http://abc7chicago.com/news/aldermen-call-for-cpd-access-to-high-powered-weapons-after-2-officers-shot/1952269/

https://newsone.com/3710402/chicago-lawmakers-want-police-armed-with-more-powerful-weapons/

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

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Adviser 

Gregg L. Greer, 404 992-8954 gregggreer72@gmail.com

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For immediate Release: Social Justice Activist (Organizers) meet outside of State Representative’s office to urge passage of Historical Laquan McDonald Act.

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For immediate Release: Social Justice Activist (Organizers) meet outside of State Representative’s office to urge passage of Historical Laquan McDonald Act.

 

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Today May 1, 2017 –at 4:00 pm at 

Office of Barabra Flynn Curry: 1303 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

A group of civil rights organizers are meeting today to rally further for The proposed legislation was inspired by the fallout of the release of the McDonald shooting video.

William Calloway, who was instrumental in getting the Laquan McDonald tape released, speaks to introduce the LaQuan McDonald Act to recall elected officials who cover up crimes on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. | Brian Jackson/For the SunTimes

Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke could be seen on dashcam video shooting the 17-year-old boy 16 times in the 4100 block of South Pulaski on Oct. 20, 2014.

Among the speakers at this evening’s rally will be Activist William Calloway (pictured right) William Calloway, who was instrumental in getting the Laquan McDonald tape released. Gregg L.Greer of Freedom First International, a Chicago-based organizer who has worked Nationally leading advocacy for the Tamir Rice case 12-year-old shot by Police in Cleveland, OH, has worked with the family of Alton Sterling shot and killed by Police in Baton Rouge, LA, well known activist-Tio Hardiman, President of Violence Interrupters amongst others.

This group of organizers have been on the ground in Chicago since November 2015, after an order from a Cook County judge, the city released the video, sparking weeks of protest and calls for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, and then-Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy to resign.

This gathering is important due to attention the Laquan McDonald Bill is beginning to gain, support. The group hopes to reach state Representative, Barbara Flynn Currie who proudly represents the 25th District in the Illinois House of Representatives.  Curries Said, “I will do my best to respond to the needs of the District and of the vulnerable people across the state. 

Thus far the bill is gaining the support of multiple Political pundits including State Reps Robert Rita (D- 28th District), and State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake). If passed the bill will be rare and historical. 

                                                                                       

 

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Recent initiatives to address

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

Key

WHAT:  Press Conference and Community Action requesting Passage of House Bill 4041 which is now the Laquan McDonald Bill

WHERE:  Office of Barbara Flynn Curry: 1303 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615


WHO:
 Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Chirstionnaires, Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois.

WHY: Two years ago Laquan McDonald lost his life tragically and unnecessarily. His death was a wake-up call for our city on an issue that has challenged the city for decades, and the bill will bring a renewed commitment to a much-needed public mindset about policing and community relations.

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change nationally 

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

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Adviser

Gregg L. Greer, 404 992-8954 gregggreer72@gmail.com

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)

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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

 

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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 

 

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Recent initiatives to address

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

Key

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:

http://abc7chicago.com/news/man-found-dead-inside-cpd-lockup-in-grand-crossing/1855234/

https://freedomfirstinternational.net/2017/04/11/media-statement-the-questionable-death-of-shawn-brider-chicago-man-who-died-in-custody/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/11/30/1605471/-Noteable-facts-about-Chicago-Police-Sgt-John-D-Poulos-who-killed-Kujuan-Raye-Part-1

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

Contact (s):    

Lead Activist-Media Adviser

Gregg L. Greer, 404 992-8954 gregggreer72@gmail.com

For immediate Release: Social Justice and immigrant activist to rally this Friday to make demand to the Trump Administration to stop illegal deportations

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For immediate Release: Social Justice and immigrant Activist rally this Friday to make demand to the Trump Administration to stop illegal deportations 

 

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April 7, 2017 at Broadview Immigration Processing Center (1930 Beach St., Broadview, IL)

A group of civil rights and immigrant activists will gather on this Friday morning to express fears over the direction President Donald Trump is taking the country with immigrant rights.

They fear families will be torn apart by deportation and blocked from reuniting with relatives seeking to flee war and oppression in other countries after the president signed a pair of executive orders tightening immigration measures.

“We are working to wake up those who refuse to believe that “making America great again”  means spreading a message of racial separatism and hate.  closing off our nation with walls, illegally detaining men, women, and children, stripping cities of federal funding and tearing families apart with deportations,” For the record Freedom First International is part of the group also participated in the massive Trump protest in Chicago that put 16,000. people in Downtown.” Gregg L.Greer President of Freedom First International.

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At the start of this effort the Family members and Community activist-Leadership will hold a joint Press Conference (briefing) -This Friday/morning April 7, 2017 in Broadview, IL at 7:15 AM, people of faith, civil rights activist and others will join together in a prayer vigil-protest demonstration at Broadview Immigration Processing Center (1930 Beach St., Broadview, IL) to support those who are in the immigration deportation process, the families of those being deported, and to be a public witness to the injustices of our harsh (enhanced) immigration system. The event will be coordinated by members of several organizations who will join leadership on the ground. Stand with us!

 

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change national perceptions of people of color and others about The Trumps immigration policy 

Key

WHAT:  Press Conference and Community Action requesting the Trump Administration to Stop forced immigrations. 

WHERE:  Broadview Immigration Processing Center (1930 Beach St., Broadview, IL)


WHO:
 Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Violence Interrupters, Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois and others.  

WHY: Family and activist will address concerns that situation may be growing more volatile due to negative community pushback. 

Many folks nationally believe that the Trump administration’s-policy is both Illegal and unconstitutional. 

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change nationally in the wake of growing criticism of the Trump Immigration Policy.

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair immigrations in Chicago, IL., and Nationally.

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

Gregg L, Greer, 404 992-8954 gregggreer72@gmail.com

 

For immediate Release: WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE! Community Activist will make a plea for community awareness and to Stop the violence in Chicago’s Deadliest Neighborhood

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For immediate Release: WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE! Community Activist will make a plea for community awareness and to Stop the violence in Chicago’s Deadliest Neighborhood 

 Tuesday March 28, 2017 (Today) at 4900 Block of Hubbard Chicago, IL Chicago, IL. at 10:00 am (Street Corner)

 

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Community Activist and Community members will come together with a message for Community violence prevention and a request for “peace,” after a 14-year-old boy was murdered Saturday afternoon on March 25, 2017.  The boy was shot just after 3 p.m. in the 4900-block of West Hubbard, police said. The boy was later identified as Laquan Allen Ward, lived about 2 miles away in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.
According to recent reports, Police are searching for the shooter.The boy was on the sidewalk when a vehicle drove by and someone in the vehicle shot at him. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Investigators have not said if the boy was targeted or if this was random. Family members believe he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. For the record-Austin leads Chicago as the “Deadliest Hood” so far in 2017  with 16 homicides 80 wounded for a total of 96 known shootings/killings according to statistics. 

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This group of activist will not only call for a stop the violence community effort, but they intend to talk to locals in a door to door effort to spread awareness of violence prevention.

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change Perceptions of People of Color the poor and others about Chicago Community Violence  

Key

WHAT:  Press Conference and Community Action asking for the public to get involved in Violence Prevention in their Neighborhoods. “Where’s the outrage”  asking for the community to work and help resolve this case and to assist in violence prevention.

WHERE:  4900 Block of Hubbard Chicago, IL Chicago, IL. at 10:00 am (Street Corner)

WHO:  Violence Interrupters, Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others.  

WHY:  Activist Effort to prevent and combat Chicago Community violence-This effort 

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change in Chicago in the wake of last years overwhelming and historically high community violence and gun violence totals.

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_Violence in Chicago, IL.

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

Tio Hardiman, 773 391-9072 Tio_h@yahoo.com

Gregg L, Greer, 404 992-8954 gregggreer72@gmail.com

For immediate Release: Family of High Profile Rape Case (victim) will make a plea to Local Officials for Protection

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Elkins (right)-victim mother. said she’s shocked by people’s actions, especially of those 40 people (Daily Mail)

 

The Family members and Community activist-Leadership will hold a joint  Press Conference calling for City Officials including the Mayor of Chicago, City Police Officials and also the Illinois Governor to give protection and relocation to the family to shield them from a continued cloak of threats and harassment from the local community due to the case being highly provocative and the high level of negative pushback coming from the community.

Violence Interrupters President-Tio Hardiman, Freedom First International and SCLC Chicago President -Pastor Gregg L. Greer, and various family members including Reginald King (the Uncle of rape victim  Deahvion Austin) The family is now in fear for their lives, and we want the officials to react “before more family members are hurt.”

The group is also calling on men in the community to help with protection.

 Deahvion Austin was The15-year-old girl who was gang-raped during a Facebook Live video after she went missing from her home has been reunited with her mother.  

Chicago Police said the teenager was found after five or six men (boys) were suspected of sexually assaulting her.

About 40 people viewed the attack on Facebook while it was happening on Sunday but none of them reported it to police, according to department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

The girl’s mother Stacey Elkins, and uncle alerted police to the incident after showing them screen grabs taken from the video.  

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change Perceptions of People of Color the poor and others about Chicago Community Violence  

Key

WHAT:  Press Conference and Community Action asking for further Protection for Rape Victim and Family

WHERE:  1400 South Avers Chicago, IL Chicago, IL. 60623 at 10:00 am (Street Corner)


WHO:
  Violence Interrupters, Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois and others.  

WHY: The issue of Victim blaming occurs when the victim of a crime or any wrongful acts like rape in this case are sometimes held entirely or partially responsible for the harm that befell them. Family and activist will address concerns that situation may be growing more volatile due to negative community pushback.

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change in Chicago in the wake of last years overwhelming and historically high community violence totals-(Rape Included).

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_Violence in Chicago, IL

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

Tio Hardiman, 773 391-9072

Gregg L, Greer, 404 992-8954

 

For immediate Release: Guns Don’t Die Children Do_Chicago (Prayer Vigil) Press Conference and Prayer Vigil

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Press Conference and Prayer Vigil

Sunday-March 19, 2017   62nd and Aberdeen Chicago, IL (Corner)

 Chicago, IL. at 11:00 am

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When 30,000 Americans die each year due to gun violence, it is time to acknowledge that we are suffering from a modern plague. When schoolchildren are gunned down by single shooters with a high-capacity magazine, we suffer from a modern plague. And, when criminals can buy weapons without having their backgrounds checked, we suffer from a modern plague.

This Vigil will be part of our early effort to “Prevent the critical Issue of Gun Violence” for 2017 in areas in Chicago where this plague is taking young lives in abundance. (This corner is where a three year old is in critical condition after being shot in the head in an apparent accident.) The goal is to stop unnecessary loss of life!

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change Perceptions of People of Color the poor and others about Chicago Community Violence

Key

WHAT:  Guns Don’t Die Children Do_Chicago (Prayer Vigil)Press Conference and Prayer Vigil

WHERE:  March 192017 11:00 a.m at 62nd and Aberdeen Chicago, IL (Corner)

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WHO:  Violence Interrupters, Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois and others. (Please note this group has been on the frontlines of Chicago Violence for the past three years and more).

WHY: The issue of gun violence — more specifically, Chicago’s gun violence — is by no means a new issue. However, President Trump has singled out the city, even threatening to send in the federal troops, as a part of his “law and order” campaign. The current discourse coming from the White House focuses on more police, more prison and increased criminalization of Black and Latino communities as a solution. Unfortunately, this narrative of retribution fully incorporates the Fraternal Order of Police viewpoint without considering the concerns of the community.

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change in Chicago in the wake of last years overwhelming and historically high community violence totals.

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_Violence in Chicago, IL

Contact (s):     Gregg L, Greer-Lead Activist-Media Adviser 321 355-0598gregggreer72@gmail.com

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