The Chicago school boycott and protest got most of the publicity Wednesday. There was another protest at 11:00 AM in Federal Plaza.. The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression organized an anti-police protest to “Stop Police Crimes”. They later marched on City Hall. They used this protest to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s march on Washington D.C.
The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression was originally formed as a national organization in 1973 “to organize a mass movement against racist and political repression”.
Demonstrators were bussed in from Englewood, Woodlawn, Lawndale, Garfield Park, Austin, Pilsen, Little Village, Hegewisch, Humboldt Park, Rogers Park.
The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression is demanding legislation to form an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) to replace the current Independent Police Review Authority and the Chicago Police Board.
Approximately 200-300 people attended the protest. Speakers accused Chicago Police Officers of being terrorists, murderers, torturers, members of a gang, and being corrupt. Several speakers were relatives of people incarcerated, shot and killed or wounded by police.
Urban translator and supposed former Gangster Disciple, Wallace “Gator” Bradley made several accusations against the Chicago Police Department. Mr. Bradley is a fixture in City Hall, the Thompson Center, and County Building. He is also close to several elected officials and high level bureaucrats.
After speeches in Federal Plaza, the demonstrators marched to the Thompson Building to listen to another round of speeches. Then they proceeded to City Hall where they unfurled a one block long banner with the names of alleged torture victims or falsely accused and convicted people in prison. The protest ended at the Daley Center where more people spoke.
The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression claims 63 people were shot and killed and 153 were wounded by Chicago Police officers. The majority they claim were African American and Hispanic. They accuse the Chicago Police Department office of not disciplining or firing the police officers involved. They accuse and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office of refusing to prosecute the officers involved.
The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression are demanding police accountability and that the CPAC legislation be passed by the Chicago City Council, the State of Illinois, and even at the Federal Level. They are demanding that police officers be brought under “democratic control”.
The march and Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression were endorsed or sponsored by a host of organizations and individuals. (Scroll down for list)
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