by Gloria Dulan-Wilson
Well, if what the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says is true, there will be a thorough investigation of police practices and abuses coming to the Chicago Police Department.
In a communique received from the Legal Defense Fund, the investigation was precipitated by the cruel manner in which 17 year old Laquan McDonald was gunned down, and the lies told by several police officers to cover up the heinous act, despite the fact that camera footage told an entirely different story!!
With so much evidence on camera, one wonders what the motivation would be for blatantly lying – not only to protect ones self, but to cover up for officers who were clearly in violation the law; guilty of murder, and had no sign or remorse whatsoever. Perhaps, in addition to a pattern of egregious police brutality, there is also internal intimidation leveled against officers who might ordinarily come forward, but don’t for fear of their lives, or the lives of their family members.
Chicago is a tough town, to say the least. Their police, the gangs, the politicians, even their activists, are not to be taken lightly. Perhaps that’s the reason the gang activities have continued unabated over the past 8 years. They were terrible before President Obama – remember Cabrini Green? – and they’re still out of control. Likewise, the police department has been known to allegedly turn a blind eye to certain criminal activities, if the price is right; and lean on others if not. But people are getting fed up with waiting for the locals to reign in their so- called law enforcement officers. It’s also a known fact, that when law enforcement runs the town, humanity goes out the window. Chicago, and other cities, appear to be heading in that direction.
The fact that the Chicago PD had the audacity to lie about the circumstances of McDonald’s death shows that they either think they are the law; they are above the law, or that they can beat the rap and defeat any attempt to prove any violation of either civil or human rights. Corruption has reigned so long in the “toddling town” it will be interesting to see what shakes out, and what crawls from under those rocks as they begin to probe the underbelly of Alfonse Capone’s favorite haunt.
I enclosed a copy of the statement from the LDF for your information, as well as to show those among us, who are naysayers, that our venerable veteran organizations are still on top of and in front of things that affect us as Black people. We are all in this together, each organization taking one part of Leviathan can bring own its total eradication.
Kudos to the NAACP LDF; to the brothers and sisters who are keeping the pressure on, to Loretta Lynch and the Department of Justice, and to those of us citizens who aren’t going to take it any more.
Stay Blessed &
bullet Columnist Gloria Dulan-Wilson Is a veteran New York City Journalist. Her experiences, perspective & sense of history are an invaluable combination. “check out my blog:” www.gloria-dulan-wilson.blogspot.com