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To: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Assign Special Prosecutor to Investigate Cover-up of Laquan McDonald Execution

Assign Special Prosecutor to Investigate Cover-up of Laquan McDonald Execution

Assign a Special Prosecutor to Investigate the cover-up of the Laquan McDonald execution by an officer of the Chicago Police Department, Jason Van Dyke. If not for a whistle blower in the CPD, the video of this murder would never have become public, and the officer would still be on duty.

Why is this important?

In the City of Big Shoulders, we have witnessed, once again, the killing of a young Black man, by the name of LaQuan McDonald, at the hands of a civil servant called to serve and protect. Chicago, unfortunately, is no stranger to police misconduct and political corruption. For example, a lengthy investigation uncovered forced confessions in the Chicago Police Department under the unethical leadership of then-Commander Jon Burge. Throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and the 90s, officers under Burge’s leadership routinely tortured citizens until they signed confessions for acts they did not commit. The tragic death of LaQuan McDonald is part of Chicago’s long history of racial tension, failed police policy, and unethical political maneuvering. We are calling upon local and national leaders and activists to join with citizens of Chicago to demand several reforms, including:

· Demilitarization of the Chicago Police Department
· Appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the potential cover-up
· A police department that reflects the community it serves
· Put in place an elected civilian police board with indictment power
· Secure proper funding for restorative justice programs
· The resignation and firing of ALL involved, and
· Indictment of implicated officers and commanders

We are called as people of faith to do justice and to love kindness and walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8) We call upon all people of faith and moral courage to join with the citizens of Chicago and demand institutional change to these systemic issues.

Chicago, IL, United States

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Reasons for signing

  • The war on people of color simply has to stop.
  • Justice must be given to the poor and marginalised. They too are God's children and have a worth of their own
  • Justice for Mr. McDonald

Updates

2015-12-07 18:42:19 -0500

Thank you for signing this important petition requesting AG Loretta Lynch assign a Special Prosecutor to investigate the cover-up of the LaQuan McDonald shooting. As announced today, the Department of Justice has agreed to investigating "Use of Force" policies and practices, and look at patterns of practice. Their goal is to improve "systems," to stregthen public safety. We are encouraged by this action. We plan to send this petition to AG Lynch tomorrow.

Please forward this petition to your friends and family to help get us to 3,000 signatures . . . we're really close.

See AG Lynch's announcement by clicking on this link.: https://youtu.be/0V0puWw-gYo

Thank you!

2015-12-02 14:36:00 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2015-12-02 13:52:19 -0500

500 signatures reached

2015-11-28 12:46:50 -0500

100 signatures reached

2015-11-27 22:20:09 -0500

50 signatures reached

2015-11-27 18:41:06 -0500

25 signatures reached

2015-11-27 17:03:55 -0500

10 signatures reached