Mark Allen, BLDI Commends Congressman Rush For Speaking Out On The Strangulation Death Of Anthony Kyser By CVS Employee

Editors Note: As a veteran Activist and founder of The Black Leadership Development Institute, BLDI, I want to commend Congressman Bobby Rush for speaking out on the issue of Anthong Kyser and his uncessaary strangulation death by and over zealous CVS Pharmacy employee. Rush specifically called on Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez to file charges against all CVS employees or others who participated in "vigilante justice," in that CVS manager left the immediate store property to chase down Kyser and ended up choking him to death.

We still call on other leaders to take a public position and value the gift of life. We live under public policy and the law and there is a legal process on how one handles a shoplifter and that does not include a death sentence. The Black Leadership Development Institute, BLDI continues to speak up for the community activists who earlier called on new Police and Fire Committee Chairman Anthony Beale and his committee to conduct a full hearing for the family of Kyser deserves justice and complete answers. Again we applaud Congressman Rush for his quick leadership response to the family and community who was being given this quick assessment of accidental death and moving on and that was unacceptable to the grassroots community. (Statement From Mark S. Allen)




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"This man's murder was absurd. It is beyond comprehension," Rush charged. "Vigilante justice has no place in Chicago."



CHICAGO--Today U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) expressed outrage that employees of a CVS store in Little Village who allegedly beat and choked a 35-year-old shoplifting suspect to death over the weekend have not been charged with homicide. The congressman issued a letter to Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez asking her to file charges against the person or persons responsible for the strangulation death of Anthony Kyser whom authorities said was suspected of shoplifting a tube of toothpaste and a box of crayons before being chased into an alley by a store manager.


"This man's murder was absurd. It is beyond comprehension. What kind of society are we living in where an unarmed man's life can be taken by a group of vigilantes, with eye witness accounts, and a ruling of homicide by the medical examiner and still no one is charged and brought to justice," asked Rush. "A human life was taken here and his family deserves justice and answers. His checkered past is of little note.  If he was stealing the police should have been called and he would have paid for his breaking the law--but I am sure his sentence would not have been death. His actions, such as retail theft or running from the scene, do not justify him being chased down an alley to be beaten and strangled to death by store employees.


"Vigilante justice has no place in Chicago," he continued. "I want the Cook County State's Attorney to prosecute those who are responsible for this crime to the fullest extent of the law. CVS or its parent company shares the responsibility for the unlawful conduct of its employees."

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