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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: 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  

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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: Community Activist Protest to Pressure Chuck’s Gun Shop

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For Immediate Release: Community Activist Protest to Pressure Chuck’s Gun Shop

(Press Conference/Protest Rally-at Chuck’s in Riverdale, IL)

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On This Wednesday July 20, 2016 at 11:00 am-The Freedom First International, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Violence interrupters, The Brady Campaign of  Illinois  along with other Community Activist (groups) will conduct a Protest Rally outside of Chucks Gun Shop and Riverdale City Hall calling for the local (south side) Chicago community to come together _”put down the Guns” in a effort to balance Justice for the Community.” This effort is much-needed at a time when Chicago has reached historical numbers with gun violence shootings.
Last Year Chicago Police stated that, on average, police have recovered a crime gun sold at Chuck’s Gun Shop & Pistol Range in Riverdale, Illinois every day for the past 10 years. This Store is widely protected by the NRA. We need to save lives! According to a recent article Chuck’s Gun Store sells over 2000 NRA memberships alone. 

For their effort, they (group) will also announce Bi-Weekly initiatives to challenge the NRA, Chucks, The Illinois Riffle Association and the negative culture of the Chicago Violence, in addition to the ongoing campaign of belief that the integrity of the black and anti violence communities are being threatened by the violence, bad gun policy and that ongoing and progressive solutions must be sought.

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent Case- Demand Justice, ect

Community Gun Violence Prevention on the Chicago (South-side) and abroad

Change Perceptions of People of Color and others DUE TO THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF GUN VIOLENCE  

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WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Dissatisfaction with the NRA

WHERE: Chuck’s Gun Shop at 14310 S Indiana Ave, Riverdale, Illinois 60827

WHEN: Friday, July 20, 2016 at 11:00 am

WHO:  Civil Rights Leader Gregg L Greer, Civil Rights Leader Tio Hardiman, Brady Campaign and others

WHY: “Negative Effects of Gun Violence can change overnight if organized Chicago.” 

PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Rights groups standing against the NRA, Bad Apple Gun Dealers 

AREA of INTEREST: Civil Rights / Human Rights

Contact: Gregg L, Greer-Lead Activist-Media Advisor-321 355-0598  

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3 reasons why, we must fire Chicago PD Police Superintendent McCarthy as one measure toward preventing Chicago Violence

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Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy appears with police in Grant Park, where he talked about plans for the day's NATO summit protests. (Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune) -met-NATO-protest-0521 B582116402z.1 ....OUTSIDE TRIBUNE CO.- NO MAGS, NO SALES, NO INTERNET, NO TV, CHICAGO OUT, NO DIGITAL MANIPULATION...
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Yes, it is true that violence in American cities is troubling and perplexing. Even as homicide rates have declined across the country — in some places, like New York, by a remarkable amount — gunplay continues to plague economically struggling minority communities. In Chicago – disturbingly, For almost 25 years, murder has been the leading cause of death among African-American men between the ages of 15 and 34, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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It is equally true and disturbing, that in Chicago, the term “police brutality” was  inextricably linked to former Cmdr. Jon Burge and his “Sadistic,” South Side homicide squad, which imposed extreme measures, including torture, to extract false confessions from dozens of suspects during the Eighties and Nineties. But even after the Burge era Chicago struggles to combat community violence that is currently experiencing.

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So far this year, at least 2,300 people have been shot in Chicago, about 400 more than during the same period last year, according to a Tribune analysis. Through Sunday, homicides have risen to 359, up 21 percent from 296 a year earlier, according to preliminary data from Chicago Police.

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Chicago has been plagued with violence,
Chicago has been plagued with violence,

What is  also very clear is the fact that as most Chicago locals know- law enforcement has done little to noting to disrupt a street code that allows, if not encourages, the settling of squabbles with deadly force, and at least temporarily muffling any hostilities would even be a worthy goal. Currently the most effective response from the Leadership at the CPD is few occasions when they have tried to influence behavior by introducing a  failed curricula like antidrug and safe- campaigns.

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Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn wrote an editorial in which he argued that, based on murders by population, Chicago isn’t actually all that violent a city. And he’s sort of right. Chicago can be thought of as a bunch of different cities, and some of them are quite safe. Unfortunately, some of them aren’t And a lot of effort goes into making sure that the folks who have to live in the less safe parts of Chicago don’t trouble the sleep of the folks in the safe areas. 

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Gary McCarthy was hired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to take over the Chicago Police Department shortly after Emanuel’s election in early 2011. The number of crimes and murders in Chicago has plummeted under his tenure (with murders declining from 525 in 2011 to 505 in 2012 to 415 in 2013).

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 #1-McCarthy and Leadership tried to deceive the public by presenting “Fake,” Statistics to appear Effective.

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 In an investigative article by Chicago Magazine reporters David Bernstein and Noah Isackson, it was asserted that the decline was in part due to the unjustified re-categorization of murders as undetermined and then if it is later determined to be a murder, tallying the total to the prior years’ statistics. McCarthy on defensive denied these fact, as “patently false.”  his decision to stop publishing annual reports in 2012. The 2011 report was completed and he decided not to release it.

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 Fall 2012 audit by the Chicago Inspector General determined that the Chicago Police Department had under counted aggravated assault and aggravated battery victims by 25% percent by not following state guidelines by counting each incident rather than each victim.

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#2-As the Chicago Tribune noted on June 8, the city already has surpassed 1,000 shootings this year, sooner than last year or the year before. In other words, violence is getting worse. When a  flurry of gun violence comes as Chicago has experienced a 21% surge in homicides and a 20% increase in non-fatal shooting incidents so far in 2015, according to Chicago Police Department data. The latest violence all occurred on the city’s South and West sides, which historically have endured the vast majority violence in the city.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel expressed outrage on Tuesday, blaming the rise in violence on too many guns on the streets of Chicago and weak gun laws

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Homicides and shooting are indicative of a larger crime trend – we don’t know anyone who, when reasonably informed, thinks that crime is actually down. They are aware of downgrading crime, long response times, impossible waits for Officers or excessive hold times for 3-1-1.

I agree with the calls to relieve Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy
I agree with the calls to relieve Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy

#3. McCarthy has a log history of abuse of Authority which leaves to question his choice as a Commander.

Gary McCarthy was found “guilty” in March 2006 over an traffic altercation he had in 2005 with two New Jersey police officers. A traffic court judge ruled that Gary McCarthy had blocked vehicular traffic with his police-issued car while he and his wife confronted two plainclothes members of the Palisades Interstate Police at a gas station along the Palisades Interstate Parkway. The officers in question had just issued a summons to McCarthy’s 19-year-old daughter, who was driving another car and became verbally confrontational toward the two police officers whom in essence were enforcing the law. When Gary McCarthy had arrived on scene he was clearly irate and violently confrontational and had to be grabbed by the two police officers whom also confiscated McCarthy’s firearm and handcuffed him as well as restrained his wife when she attempted to grab the gun from the two police officers.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/20/nyregion/20chief.html

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The judge fined McCarthy $200 for blocking traffic.

It’s whether you have values as a community, Chicago Leadership and especially officials have to demand more of themselves, and be a “damn Leader.”

In Chicago, for too long you’ve proudly taken checks and we’ve paid for your services. But, when it comes to service my question is;  have you truly worked toward resolution of the community violence that has taken s stronghold on our community?

My next question is; how much better are you then the criminals or provocateurs who are a direct part of Chicago’s mayhem. You’ve voted to help the community but you want more sworn officers when you haven’t demanded more responsibility from your current police officers, that leads to results that we need. I so long for the day when we can truly take own- nership of this violence. Yes we’ve made mistakes, but correct them already! People are dying! Donald Trump we need to channel you now and tell McCarthy “YOU”RE SO FIRED.” 

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Donald Trump we need to channel you right now and tell McCarthy “YOU”RE SO FIRED.”

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