This was the statement Deputy Chief of Police Eddie Johnson left with the campers at the 2nd annual Peace in the Park After Dark.
Peace in the Park After Dark started last year as a statement to the community that Cole Park was safe after the shooting of Officer Thomas Wortham IV. So a group of 100 young people along with former Alderman Freddrenna Lyle, Former 6th District Police Commander Eddie Johnson, Wisconsin National Guardsman and a host of volunteers spent the night in Cole Park.
This year 100 young men and women came out to spend the night in Cole Park. The late Honorable Eugene Pincham said "Our young people can't be what they can't see". Yesterday evening they had a chance to see what they can become in life. The campers were greeted by minister Rev. Dr. Marc A. Robertson, Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer, 6th District Police Commander Eric Carter, Deputy Chief of Police, Eddie Johnson and Mr and Mrs. Thomas Wortham. Where was Superintendent Garry McCarthy, he was at Cole Park. The Superintendent addressed the campers assuring them that he was going to decrease the violence and committed to participating in this event in the future.
The Chatham community came out in support, Committeeman Freddrenna Lyle, The Honorable John Steele, Keith Tate, President of Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, Roosevelt Vonil, President Greater Chatham Alliance and a host of residents and other public service personnel.
The campers were also greeted by two of their own rappers "Future" and J'Mar Green performed for the campers. Also, we salute REI, Sierra Club, Target, Wisconsin national Guard, Chicago Park District and all the volunteers for coming out and making this event a success.
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