Subject: Justice Now for Bettie and Quintonio
I signed a petition to Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago and United Nations Human Rights Commission which says:
“Early Saturday morning, Chicago police were called to respond to a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex. Police shot through an unopened door and killed Ms. Bettie Jones — who died from a gunshot wound to the neck . Officers then turned their weapons onto Quintonio Legrier, a 19 year old holding a baseball bat and experiencing a mental health crisis. The officer’s identity has not been released and he has been placed on administrative duties for 30 days. We demand:
– The immediate release of the officer’s name;
– Fire the officer who murdered Bettie Jones and Quintonio Legrier
– An independent investigation by the United Nation
– The resignation of Rahm Emanuel
Will you sign this petition? Click here:
Early Saturday morning, Chicago police were called to respond to a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex. Police shot through an unopened door and killed Ms. Bettie Jones — who died from a gunshot wound to the neck . Officers then turned their weapons onto a young man suffering from mental illness holding a baseball bat, 19-year-old Quintonio Legrier.
The officer’s identity has not been released and he has been placed on administrative duties for 30 days. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that the murder will be investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority. But this is not enough.
From Rekia Boyd to Laqun McDonald, the violence perpetuated at the hands of the Chicago Police Department continues to claim the lives of Black women and men living in Chicago, and that violence continues to go unchecked by city leaders and officials.
The Chicago police were called in order to help with a domestic disturbance. However, instead of providing help to those in need, Chicago police exercised excessive violence and claimed two more Black lives.
Recent cases and released videos show a culture of excessive force and a ‘shoot first and cover it up’ culture within Chicago’s police department. They are killing people, mostly Black people whether or not those people cooperate. The state’s attorney and mayor’s offices seem determined to assist officers that abuse and murder the very citizens they are sworn to protect and serve.
We are demanding more than a full and transparent investigation into the murders of Bettie Jones and Quintonio Legrier. We are demanding authentic justice. The entire Chicago Police Department needs to be changed, from the racist, unjust policies to the people who enforce them.
Bettie Jones was a member of Action Now and we will not rest until she gets justice.
“Chicago Cop Shoots Dead Teen, 55-Year-Old Woman” The Huffington Post, 12-26-2015 http://huff.to/1JBYAAh
Of course you can add to the cover ups in Chicago myself, Ken Ditkowsky and Lanre Amu for speaking out as lawyer activists against this type of cover up and corruption in Chicago and “Crook” County. Apparently, according to the ARDC, we are not allowed to speak out publicly against corruption and cronyism, unethical conduct and immoral lawyers and judges in Illinois.
But we want to take the “Crook” out of Crook County.
We speak up and out for human and civil rights and the Illinois Atty Regn & Discipline Comm. persecutes and prosecutes us. It does not let the victims of its corruption testify at the Tribunal and Hearing Boards (Gloria Sykes and Scott Evans, her friend) in an obvious cover up action. It does not respect laws such as 47 USC sec 230 which provides Free Speech and First Amendment rights to the Internet and Blogs such as this one (this Blog is the one that the ARDC wanted to shut down). It wanted to stop Lanre Amu from revealing the fact that in cases he appeared in, a certain Judge’s brother was opposing counsel and winning motions that there was no way he should have won. She and he never disclosed this fact. The same Judge sat on the Board of Directors of a corporation she was hearing cases on, and always ruled in the Corporation’s favor. Sometime after this was announced on this Blog, Crain’s Chicago Business investigated, found the allegations to be true, and the Corporation involved dumped her and publicly apologized for the corruption.
The Judge has not apologized or removed herself from the bench. The ARDC has not apologized to Attorney Lanre Amu because apparently he, being a well educated Black immigrant from Africa is similar to the Blacks some Chicago police use for target practice in certain ethnic sections of Chicago. The Chicago Police have apologized for this shooting and acknowledged it as a mistake but refuse to turn over all documents, videos and information–despite the fact all of this belongs to the public. The City of Chicago does not personally own any of that.
I would like to know if Jerome Larkin and James Grogin, head Administrator and Chief Counsel for the ARDC, participated in any manner with the Laquan McDonald shooting, or any shooting where information, documents, records and video were not released, or the release was delayed and who requested the delay. Lawyers are not supposed to participate in obstruction of justice or supression of evidence. A city lawyer must provide “honest services” to the public. I do not believe “honest services” includes coverups for friends and bosses, nor does it include denying FOIA requests to cover up information, documents and video belonging to the public.
It is interesting to note that the reason why Ken Ditkowsky and I were prosecuted by the ARDC when the perps of the problems in the Sykes 09 P 4585 case were not is because one of the Guardians ad Litem wrote a letter to the ARDC to investigate Ken Ditkowsky and myself, but not her and her crooked cronies–Peter Schmeidel, Cynthia Farenga, Deborah JoSoehlig, Harvey Waller and the Judges O’Connor and Stuart (who would soon retire over changing her testimony at my trial).
This is exactly similar to the Laquan McDonald case and now Bettie Jones and Mr. Legrier. 16 shots for Master McDonald and 8 for Mr. Legrier. (One commentator darkly joked on a blog, “you gotta admit those Chicago cops are really thorough with the bullets.”)
The protestors have been out interfering with the Board of Trade, the Merc and the shops on Michigan Ave. Who wants to do business with those entities knowing they are being targeted by protestors who want the Abuses of Power and unnecessary deadly force to end. I don’t and when I see protestors at these entities, I don’t want to do business with or through them either until the problem of Abuse of Power and Excessive Force ends.